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HTC Pays $5 to Microsoft for Every Android Phone it Sales

Do you know, Microsoft is making big bucks off of Android sales, and hopes to make more?

It’s true, for every Android phone that HTC sells, Microsoft gets $5, according to Walter Prichard, a Citi analyst.

HTC, based in Taiwan, has its American headquarters in Bellevue. And it’s paying Microsoft as part of a settlement in a patent case Microsoft brought against HTC, according to Prichard:

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.

Based on an estimate that HTC has shipped 30 million Android devices, Asymco calculates that Microsoft has seen $150 million in revenue from Android. With Microsoft selling 2 million Windows Phones licenses, its Windows Phone revenue comes in at $30 million.

That would make Microsoft’s Android revenue five times what Microsoft collects in Windows Phone revenue, according to Asymco.

[Via: Asymco]

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