John Paczkowski

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Microsoft’s Lucrative New Revenue Stream? Android.

The irony’s enough to make your head explode: Microsoft makes more money from Android than it does Windows Phone.

This according to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who says $5 from the purchase price of every HTC Android handset sold ends up in Microsoft’s pockets.

Evidently, the terms of the patent licensing deal Microsoft negotiated with HTC over its Android offerings last April included some very lucrative royalties.

Which isn’t all that surprising. At the time Microsoft went after HTC, sources close to the company claimed the handset vendor’s infringement of its IP was very broad, ranging from the user interface to the guts of the OS itself.

Over at Asymco, Horace Dediu figures HTC has shipped roughly 30 million Android handsets, which works out to about $150 million in Android revenues for Microsoft.

Interestingly, HTC may have gotten off easy. Pritchard says Microsoft is looking for even higher royalites from the other Android handset manufacturers it’s pursuing. “Our understanding is that Microsoft is looking for a $7.50 to $12.50 per unit license to settle alleged infringement of Microsoft patents,” he writes.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik