Microsoft now earning from over half of all Android handsets

Microsoft now earning from over half of all Android handsetsMicrosoft are doing pretty well thanks to success of Android. Estimates state that Microsoft will make $444 million (nearly £284 million) from the sale of Android handsets in 2012. It’s all because Android partners are entering into licence agreements with Microsoft, who hold a number of patents relating to mobile technology which Android handsets use.

Microsoft have chosen to offer a licensing path rather than suing everything that moves, so in that respect it’s a positive, but it’s interesting to note the following revelation..


More important, today’s announcement means that companies accounting for over half of all Android devices have now entered into patent license agreements with Microsoft.

Microsoft now earning from over half of all Android handsets

So, there’s a fairly decent chance that the manufacturer who made your Android phone will have handed over cash to Microsoft. Perhaps this is why Microsoft are dancing like crazy ?

Update – We took a look through the comments on the Technet post and have added a selection below.

What would you prefer to do? Pay money to the competition (Microsoft) and sell your phones or have a lawsuit (Apple) and not sell any?

Link – Technet.com
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  • Jmachos

    I think it’s a pretty loose definition of the word ‘earn’

  • Great news!

  • the_prof

    Good old Microsoft eh.  It would actually give me so much pleasure if Microsoft went under in the next couple of years (just a shame that’ll never happen, thanks to crap like this).  I don’t think they really do anything good for the world.  Thankfully old Billy G has done his fair share of good things to balance out some of the terrible practices his company had in the 90’s and early 00’s.  Steve Ballmer is a big shiny headed idiot, and has done nothing to improve Microsoft’s image, innovation or product quality in the market, just keep their cashflow looking good to the investors.  What a surprise.