Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone running Android, according to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who released a big report on Microsoft this morning.
Microsoft is getting that money thanks to a patent settlement with HTC over intellectual property infringement.
Microsoft is suing other Android phone makers, and it’s looking for $7.50 to $12.50 per device, says Pritchard.
A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft.
MS raked in money from the sale of computers, even if none of its products was not present on the computer. One of the great licensing innovations of all time.
Now it is raking in money from the sale of cellphones, even if none of its products was not present on the cellphone.
Sheer genius. Not for developing innovative products that change the world but for having innovative lawyers that find ways to get the company huge amounts of money without having to actually produce products of their own.