Microsoft earns more from Android than Windows Phone 7
No, you didn’t misread that title. It’s the truth when we say Microsoft actually earns more from Google Android Powered Devices that they actually do from their own Mobile Operating System – Windows Phone 7! According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft claimed an important victory in 2010 (Before Techin5 was launched, so we don’t have that article in our database, but luckily Gizmodo do) in an intellectual property infringement case against HTC. In that agreement (which we are still unsure over the patent that was in question), HTC agreed to give Microsoft (and by give we mean pay obviously) $USD5 for EVERY phone powered by Android that HTC sold. You might be thinking that $5 isn’t that much, but when you factor in that HTC sold 30 million handsets powered by Android last year, then you’re looking at a cool $150million for Microsoft, for simply owning a patent. Can anyone say Winning?
Also noted was the fact that Microsoft only sold 2 Million Windows Phones in the same period, and while Microsoft gets $15 per Windows Phone Shipped, they only received $30 million from that. Basically Android selling well has to be one of the best things that could have come out of this deal for Microsoft, and it doesn’t hurt that HTC make some of the best Android Phones.
Microsoft still have a card up their sleeve, as they intend to pursue other Android Handset makers to comply with Microsoft Patent, and you can bet your life savings that if a company as big and powerful as HTC bows down to Microsoft wishes on this one then most, if not all, Android producers will be getting in line behind HTC. And if Microsoft decides to charge each Handset Manufacturer $USD7.50 to $12.50 per handset sold, and if you factor in the fact that Android now is the best selling Operating System in the planet, then you can expect Microsoft to have a HUGE influx of cash. Once again, Winning. Sometimes it’s good to be Microsoft.