Getting paid for 50% of all Android devices sold, Microsoft could earn $5.9 billion from its Android patents by 2017
According to Gartner, if Microsoft receives $1 for 50% of each Android device sold, it would receive $430 million this year. On the other hand, if the tech giant receives $8 per device, the number jumps to $3.4 billion. By 2017, if the percentages remain the same, Microsoft could be bringing in $5.9 billion and that figure jumps to $8.8 billion if the software giant can get paid for 75% of Android phones sold by then. That isn't terribly far-fetched considering that Microsoft says that its licensees account for about 80% of devices powered by Android's open source OS.
With this kind of money coming in from Android flavored phone sales without lifting a finger, it makes you wonder why Microsoft is trying so hard to get the owners of such phones to switch to Windows Phone.
source: DigitalTrends via WMPoweruser