Microsoft patent royalties from Samsung and HTC totaled $800 million in Q2, tops Windows Phone sales
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.
source: Trefis via BGR