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Microsoft (MSFT) has signed an Android/Chrome OS patent licensing deal with LG, which was...

Microsoft (MSFT) has signed an Android/Chrome OS patent licensing deal with LG, which was estimated by Gartner to have 4.8% of the mobile phone market in Q3. Though the terms aren't being disclosed, Microsoft is known to be collecting hefty royalties from Samsung, HTC, and other Android licensees, enough so that Android's incredible growth may soon translate into billions in licensing revenue.
Comments (4)
  • that's just sad .... MSFT makes a guaranteed fee income from every phone sold, while GOOG just hope that the phones will be used as smartphones not dumbphones in order to get ANY eyeballs to watch their annoying privacy-invading ads..... and that's $10-15 of PURE PROFIT per handset .... Moto would be happy if they could make that much

     

    Now watch all the Phandroids cry foul over "suppression of innovation" when MSFT has already proven that they own enough of the IP to get everyone sign-up to pay
    12 Jan 2012, 10:22 AM Reply Like
  • ...money they simultaneously pour down the drain on the miserable WP7 / Nokia disaster
    12 Jan 2012, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • how does msft have any IP for android/chrome....should that not read GOOG ?
    12 Jan 2012, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • GOOG doesn't own IP of ideas it has "borrowed" from others
    12 Jan 2012, 03:52 PM Reply Like
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