Android: The death of a thousand cuts

Apple’s victory over HTC may set high royalty precedent for Android devices
[Via AppleInsider]

Apple’s initial legal victory over rival HTC in a patent infringement suit could pave the way for Apple to collect high royalties from devices running Google Android, according to one analysis.


Getting a high royalty payment – say $5 per handset – could be quite lucrative, as Microsoft has shown. It also means that using the free Android OS is not free. This would hamper the use of this OS and make MS seem more worthwhile.

I don’t really expect Apple to want to prevent HTC from being sold in the US. They just want some cash at a level to make others rather settle than to fight. It would be ironic is Apple, along with MS, got a piece of every Android sold.