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Microsoft's Android patent bonanza

Here's an interesting stat: according to Microsoft, it now has patent agreements with OEMs that account for over half of all Android devices.

Including its latest deal with Compal, Microsoft has patent agreements with 10 Android device makers.

There have been suggestions that Microsoft is actually making more money out of its Android patent deals than from Windows Phone sales, although the software giant has tried to downplay them.

Still, while it sorts outs its mobile OS strategy, it must be a comfort for Microsoft to be making money from a rival platform. That said, it will probably have mixed feelings if the payments from royalty cheques become significant as they would concrete evidence that Android sales were shooting up.
 
Which would only make it harder to dislodge, if at all, when Microsoft gets its act together.

This was first published in October 2011

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