Now you may be asking how on earth could Microsoft benefit from sales of HTC Android devices? HTC is an independent mobile carrier and Android is Google’s mobile operating system, so where does Microsoft fall in the picture? Due to a patent infringement lawsuit settlement with HTC, Microsoft receives $5 for every HTC phone that runs Android.
According to Walter Pritchard, a Citi analyst who revealed the information, Microsoft is also planning on targeting other Android device partners, looking for as much as $12.50 per device. What will this mean for consumers?