Geek Smack! 205: Does Microsoft Win on Android Sales?
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Geek Smack! Topic of the Week: Microsoft and Android
It’s not unusual that a phone has some technology in it that is owned by another company. Sometimes you barter for trade – you own a patent, they own a patent and it’s a wash. However, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and pay a few royalties to another company.
That is the case with Microsoft patents and Android. Now, in some cases, a couple dollars here per phone goes to one patent holder, a couple dollars there goes to another. It’s not unusual in building computers. However, in the building of an Android phone, Goldman Sachs estimated Microsoft getting $444 million for Android phones next year.
Makes you wish you got in the patent game, doesn’t it?
In the end, the question arises: Does it make the phone worth it to you? Do those little additions help you build your business? For me – the answer is yes. It’s not the first time a company has profited from another, and it certainly won’t be the last.
You may not like it, but that’s not going to make it go away.
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