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Microsoft now collecting money on half of all Android devices sold

Thanks to patents, Microsoft now collects money on half of all Android devices sold

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 25, 2011 at 12:29 am CDT (0 mins, 49 secs time to read)

A growing list of mobile device manufacturers are now handing Microsoft sweet, sweet cash every time they sell a smartphone or tablet running Google's Android or Chrome operating systems. Compal is the latest in a long list to pay Microsoft royalties, the Taiwanese-based company signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will see them paying an undisclosed amount of money to Microsoft to avoid being sued for allegedly infringing on its patents.

Microsoft now collecting money on half of all Android devices sold | TweakTown.com

This is the 10th Android-related licensing agreement Microsoft has signed in the past 18 months. It has now evolved into its own beast and is becoming a serious revenue stream for the company. According to some estimates, Microsoft will collect roughly $444 million in fiscal 2012 from Android device makers compensating it for use of its patent portfolio.

Microsoft stated today that it now has patent license agreements with companies accounting for more than half of all Android devices.

Wow. Well, at least they're not just suing other companies because they're strong competition, huh?

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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