Microsoft Makes $20-$40 Off Each Android Phone Sold

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One of the big advantages to Google’s Android mobile operating system was that Google was giving it away for free to anyone who wanted to make a phone. As we reported earlier Microsoft is seeking payment from OEMs of Android phones for violating their patents. It turns out Android phone manufacturers like HTC may have to pay Microsoft between $20-$40 per device. So basically you can pay Microsoft $20-$40 to use Google’s Android in your phone, or you can pay Microsoft.. what, $8-$15 to use Windows Mobile in your phone? Then Microsoft can use the money it makes when people buy Google phones to fund Windows Phone development… Or they can just sit around doing nothing and let the money roll in.

(via BusinessWeek)

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!