53% of Android phones pay license fees to Microsoft

October 24, 2011
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Apple's patent tyranny against every Android manufacturer they can find gets a lot of ink, but it appears that Microsoft is getting the bank. After securing yet another licensing deal with Taiwanese OEM Compal, Redmond announced that a full 53% of Android devices being made are done so with a licensing kick-back to Microsoft. Other major players which have settled with the software giant include HTC, Samsung, Acer and many more.

Microsoft is currently making at least $444 million dollars a year off of Android hardware, putting them in the strange position of making more direct profit off of Android phone and tablet sales than Google, which gives away the operating system freely. Microsoft's mobile software patent portfolio has allowed it to bully Android manufacturers into submission with startling efficiency, leading Samsung executives to say that they can't rely on Google for protection. For its part, Google considers the licensing agreements "extortion," and Motorola Mobility, which is slated to become a part of Google later this year, is one of the only major Android manufacturers left that hasn't agreed to pay Microsoft royalties.

Elsewhere in the wide, wide world of technology patent litigation, Steve Jobs' upcoming biography notes that the Apple co-founder had a hatred for Android stemming from a belief that the product was stolen. ("Good artists copy, great artists steal.") Before his death the executive vowed to spend his last dollar and last breath fighting Android in court, and Apple's refusal to settle in the Samsung Australian case seems to bear that out. Between Microsoft, Apple and Oracle, Google and its manufacturers still have a long fight ahead of them in the patent arena.

[via TFTS]


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2I2X4VAQKQFSQKSW3237S6P44U Iura

    Android is great, microsoft earns money from Android because WP 7 is a peace of shit :D. 
    For how long MS will gain money in this way??

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    So does anyone even know what patents ms is using to get these fees? From my understanding its not even known because of the settlement arrangements and no one has ever challenged it all the way in court against ms to find out.. Also, does ms get the same fees or have the same arrangement with apple over iOS?

  • Anonymous

    @yahoo-2I2X4VAQKQFSQKSW3237S6P44U:disqus ………..This is crazy…My brother-in-law makes $69 hourly on the PC. He has been fired from work for 11 months but last month his paycheck was $6958 just working on the PC for a few hours. Read about it on this web site…. http://alturl.com/6p985

  • notopatents

    Fuck patents makes world dumb