Go on. Guess who’s just earned themselves $792 million? Who has just bagged themselves over £507 million in only one quarter thanks to Android?
OK, you may have guessed that one. Microsoft have always made money thanks to the royalties that Android has to pay for Microsoft-held patents. These are figures based on reports from Trefis and include an apparent $10 charge paid by HTC and Samsung per Android device sold.
That’s not the big news. In the same period Canalys has estimated that only 5.1 million Windows Phone were shipped in the last quarter. At the same time 107.8 million Android devices were shipped.
We don’t know how much Microsoft have made out of Windows Phone, but it’s a pretty safe to say that it’s nowhere near as much as Android.