Microsoft (MSFT) adds ZTE (ZTCOY.PK) to its stable of Android licensees a week after having...

Microsoft (MSFT) adds ZTE (ZTCOY.PK) to its stable of Android licensees a week after having struck a deal with Foxconn. In a blog post, exec Horacio Gutierrez boasts "80 percent of Android smartphones sold in the U.S. and a majority of those sold worldwide are covered under agreements with Microsoft." Though Microsoft keeps terms confidential, the reported royalty rates and Android's staggering growth suggest Android licensing might now be a $1B+/year business, and a key reason why the E&D unit grew 33% Y/Y last quarter in spite of Xbox weakness. Android is almost certainly a more profitable OS for Microsoft right now than Windows Phone.

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  • Joseph Poma
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    Expect HUGE numbers when this company releases the XBox 720. The XBox brand has many loyal and faithful users who are greatly anticipating the launch of the next platform (720).
    24 Apr 2013, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "has many loyal and faithful users"


    Hope you are right, but isn't XBOX sales a loss leader?


    Long: MSFT
    24 Apr 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
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