Microsoft patent royalties from Samsung and HTC totaled $800 million in Q2, tops Windows Phone sales
posted by Alan F. / Aug 06, 2012, 12:46 PM
For Microsoft, these deals are a hedge aganst poor sales of Windows Phone flavored models. And while the licensing money comes rolling in each quarter, Microsoft doesn't have to pay HTC or Samsung like they do with Nokia. If Android continues to hold its huge global market share, partly at the expense of Windows Phone sales, Microsoft prospers. And should Windows Phone take off, Microsoft does well, too. Research firm Canalys shows that all of Microsoft's Windows Phone partners shipped 5.1 million handsets last quarter which lends credence to the idea that royalties from patents used by smartphones exceed revenue from Windows Phone sales.
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they can just sit and watch the cash pile up
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 12:53 PM 10
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They would be even further along in the $ department if they had bailed on WP. Think of how much has been spent on WP. Have they even passed the 5.0 million user threshold?
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 3:52 PM 0
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they should sell android phones!
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 1:11 PM 1
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I can't wait until Motorola vs Microsoft get's under way.. Microsoft is going to be sorry ( hint: H264) :)
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 1:26 PM 0
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There is a reason the other Android manufacturers are paying royalties. Motorola is a great manufacturer and I wish the two could have worked something out (like a Droid 4 running WP 8. Hey, a Gator can dream, right?), but MS will win this.
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 1:42 PM 5
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well thing is Ms + nokia are the lasgest pantent holder at the monet and they both on one side other manufecturers will have to think twice before doing war on these 2 unlike Apple who dont have huge ammount of patents.
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 2:22 PM 0
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microsoft is smart licensing their patent
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 1:42 PM 9
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MS can be scummy at times but they've been involved in software for a long time and it's good to see them licensing things out instead of hoarding then suing.
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 2:24 PM 8
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I don't see why Samsung and HTC should be paying for patents that Google should be paying for.
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 4:15 PM 0
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the problem here, neither samsung or htc pay for the license patent, but the patent price included in phone price
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 5:17 PM 1
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And people whine so damn much about Motorola wanting what it wants from BOTH Microsoft and Apple but its OK for Microsoft to get what they want? Nah F$#@ that, Motorola, take them both to the bank and cash in.
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 4:24 PM 0
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You want that money in the bank don't you Mr. Robber!! Makes it easy for you to do your job. **sneaky sneaky**
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 5:34 PM 0
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i really dont like samsung.... i dont like android... i really dont know why they are dominating.... android just has the apps but you gotta admit its really laggy, freeze a lot... samsung on the other hand just have the best hardware but look at s3 looks cheap by its all plastic face... while compare to lumia 610, the 610 looks more expensive than than s3!!! but i like android for being versatile but being open has its limits.... i hope android to go down by now... let other OS have some share too... i ask people why they buy android by samsung and they all have common answer... looks like an iPhone.. android really looks like iOS and samsung phones looks like iPhone... but i want blackberry because its OS is the real smartphone
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 9:52 PM 0
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