The Microsoft mobile success story, thanks to Android

The Microsoft mobile success story, thanks to AndroidLet’s all be honest, we’re quickly losing track of who is suing who and owns which patent. What is clear though, is just how much one company can make from the success of a competitor. According to a Goldman Sachs analysts, Microsoft will make $444 million (nearly £284 million) in revenue from Android handsets in 2012.

Yes, you read that right. These payments are made due to licence agreements for patents that Microsoft own and Android uses. Whilst the income isn’t massive in the grand Microsoft profit-pot, it does add a cost onto the Android OS for Google.


Google are already pretty pissed about the situation. They added a blog post last month which had an element of anger about it…

We’re not naive; technology is a tough and ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our own business and make better products. But in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it.

Now Google has taken the gloves off, with a Google spokesman telling the Telegraph that …

This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.

Those are some pretty tough words. I’ve seen Microsoft and watched their mobile offerings over the last few years. Whilst their handsets aren’t nearly as successful as other OS’s, it shows just how successful Microsoft are becoming off the back of Android.

Links – The TelegraphBizJournals

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  • Darkseid

    what seems to be lost in the google statements (and by no means am I a microsoft fanboy) is the fact that obviously they are using some technology that microsoft owns the patent for. Would google sue another company if they started to use search technology that they had the patent for mmmmm let me think, hell yeah.

    Its a little double standards. If you use someone elses patented tech pay the royalties thats how it works. Now if google where as clever as they think they are they would build the OS without infringing on other peaoples patents.

    • Dave Smith

      spot on…no one should weep for google on this one

      • Exactly. + 1 to that. I’m no fan boy of any nature but if Google are using patents owned by Microsoft, they should pay. That’s the nature of the business they are in.

  • Microsoft must say thanks to Google too

  • Tech Ten

    Its an amazing addition in technology by which one can enjoy all types of entertainment.

  • Liam

    “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation.”

    What, like Apple sueing Google handset vendors? Aren’t they successful?

  • iPhone fan

    So are Apple or Microsoft the bad guys now? – I’m getting confused. Obviously it’s not google though!