Microsoft makes more money from Android than WP7

By on May 27, 2011
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Five times more, in fact.

According to a Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft is currently making more money from Android than it is with its own mobile platform Windows Phone 7. True story.

Pritchard states that as a result of a case settlement with HTC, Microsoft is required to be paid $5 for every Android phone the Taiwanese company sells. To put that into the calculator, HTC has sold about 30 million Android smartphones, resulting in $150 million for Microsoft to pocket. Comparatively,  Microsoft has issued only 2 million Windows Phone licenses to date, with a license fee of $15 per device sold, equally to a much lesser $30 million.

Pritchard further stated that Microsoft is looking to sue even more manufacturers over infringement on the company’s intellectual property, and could be seeking anywhere between $7.50 to $12.50 for per device sold.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • CG

    “True story” that Microsoft makes more money from Android than WP7 or “true story” Pritchard believes so?

    And is it really the case that MS is only making money off of licenses sold with WP7? There is no other revenue stream for WP7?

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