Did You Know Microsoft Makes Five Times More Money From Android than From Windows Phone?

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According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard's lastest big report on Microsoft, the Redmond company makes five times more income from Android than from Windows Phone. You may pick up your jaws now.

Here's how it's happening: Back in April 2010 Microsoft settled an intellectual property infringement case against HTC. In the agreement, HTC agreed to pay Ballmer and his cronies $5 per shipped Android set. Citi says that HTC has sold 30 million sets, adding $150 million of fresh greens to Microsoft's piggy bank.


Now, Microsoft sold two million Windows Phone licenses over the same period, which accounts for $30 million dollars using an estimated license fee of $15 for each Windows Phone shipped.

But there's more. That's not the only way they are going to be getting money from the Android handsets: Microsoft has sued other Android phone makers. And if HTC gave up, you can be sure that those are lawsuits that are also likely going to be settled too. To the tune of $7.50 to $12.50 per handset sold, says Citi.

So no matter what, they are winning. And on top of that, Windows Phone 7 Mango is only going to make things better for them. [Asymco]


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And doesn't Google make more money off of iOS than it does it's own operating system? This is what I was told, and although I'm a little skeptical of this claim it seems like it could be true. iOS generates a lot more ad revenue than Android, which is how Google makes it's money from Mobile devices. Also, Google doesn't have to license hundreds of patents and tap other resources in order to get ad impressions on iOS like it does with Android. Not to mention that they don't charge for Android. Anyone have any information to confirm or bust this claim?