Microsoft taking a slice of 70% of US Android sales

Microsoft taking a slice of 70% of US Android salesWe’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.

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Treab  Jan. 13, 2012 at 12:04

Tbh. least microsoft are working with them to agree a financial package with the phone producers... rather than using their patents to destroy innovation like crapple.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2012 at 12:06

Yeah? Is that why Skype is, cough, not on the oh-so-important Lumias?
Are MS destroying innovation just because...oh, wait, they own skype ;)

Treab  Jan. 13, 2012 at 12:08

now now jan. we all know your problems with skype... its not the end of the world you know... thats december the 21st.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 13, 2012 at 13:00

that makes US manufacturer Motorola the next big target.

I think Google may have something to say about that ;).

MDrX  Jan. 13, 2012 at 13:16

Tbh. least microsoft are working with them to agree a financial package with the phone producers... rather than using their patents to destroy innovation like crapple.

If it was innovation, the innovator would hold the patent :p

Microsoft likes cash. If you want to give MS some money they'll bite your hand off.
Apple has lots of cash and it making lots more every day. It is better for them to delay other manufacturers and make them work a little harder in R&D than have even more competition in the market.

Either way, the competition has to pay more to sell their hardware. That cost doesn't get swallowed up by magic; we pay for it.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2012 at 13:38

Well, Skype would have given the Lumia some "added" value (not that I understand why anyone would use skype :p ) - The N9 has skype...heck, so does the old N900.

Microsoft's innovations are running out fast. HTC et al are not paying MS for new stuff, Treab... It's old "innovation" (out-ovation, if you will).

Can I say it, Emma? I hate MS.

Treab  Jan. 13, 2012 at 22:05

still least MS isnt trying to destroy them by preventing them from using them ;) it may not have a future but it still has a present...

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