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Microsoft making good money off of phones, mainly Android ones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Jul 2013 12:20 User comments (2)

Microsoft making good money off of phones, mainly Android ones During its quarterly earnings report on Thursday, Microsoft revealed that it is making more money now for its mobile phone division.
In their conference call, the company said that "Windows Phone revenue, reflecting patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses, increased $222 million for the quarter."

While that number seems impressive given the slow sales of Windows Phones, it is important to note that the "patent licensing revenue" cited is royalties that Microsoft makes off of Android sales.

The company has a very powerful patent portfolio and has cut deals with nearly the entire Android industry, minus Google and Motorola. Microsoft is said to make as much as $8 per unit sold from companies like HTC and Huawei, among many others.

So even though Windows Phone sales are improving (up to 12 million or so across Nokia, HTC, Samsung) last quarter, it still appears that most of its profits are coming from rival Android.

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2 user comments

121.7.2013 15:22

You know what they say, "if you can't compete, litigate!"

I'll stick my foot up your ass.

224.7.2013 20:56

As I have always said Google made a blunder opting for Linux as its base. It should have gone for BSD and the world would be a far better place to communicate !!!

Just think about this. Another report says that 1.5 million Android devices are being activated daily. Even if you consider only 1 million of those as being from companies under licence from Microsoft that is 8 million dollars daily income for NOTHING !!!!

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