Samsung Microsoft brings in more revenue than Skype, Windows Phone and Xbox
Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Yes, it is a property of Google, but it uses many patents owned one of the largest competitors of the company – Microsoft.
Contrary to what the rumors about how much money gets the software giant from companies such as Samsung and HTC, are long-standing veil of secrecy was slightly opened only recently.
As we already reported, Microsoft filed suit against Samsung – the largest manufacturer of Android smartphones in the world. From the documents it became clear that the Koreans annually pay more than $ 1 billion for use of patents the creators of the Windows.
Yes, the amount sounds impressive, but this feeling can be strengthened even more. Last year, the operating revenue from Microsoft Entertainment and Devices division that includes Xbox (including Kinect and Xbox Live), Skype and smartphones with Windows Phone amounted to 848 million dollars. The amount of money paid by Samsung, covers the financial results of Bing and MSN Network, which recorded a loss of 1.3 billion dollars last year.
But that’s not all. The Redmond giant will get from Samsung for the year, even more than Apple managed to sue the Koreans after all major patent cases. And we must not forget that there is no mention of Microsoft revenues from other manufacturers of Android devices.
According to Microsoft, the company owns more than 200 patent families necessary for one smartphone with Android. All this makes Android one of the most profitable products for Microsoft.