We’ve heard before that Microsoft actually makes more money from HTC’s Android portfolio than it does from selling licenses for its Windows Phone 7 operating system.
South Korean manufacturer LG is the latest to sign a patent-related deal with Microsoft, and Team Ballmer is keen to point out that - resultantly - it’s now siphoning money from a whopping 70% of US Android sales.
“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” yelled Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel.
“Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the US are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.”
Er, we think what you mean is: Microsoft is raking it in from more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the US.
With Samsung, HTC and LG all under Microsoft’s thumb, that makes US manufacturer Motorola the next big target. Legal proceedings are already underway, and an initial ITC ruling went in favour of Microsoft.