According to the Trefis team Microsoft is receiving patent licensing fees from Samsung to the tune of $12-$13 per Android handset. HTC is said to have a slightly kinder deal, at $10 per Android device.
With Samsung having sold more than 50 million Android handsets in Q2 2012, that represents more than $600 million in revenue. Adding HTCâ€™s 8 million devices brings the number close to $700 million.
Of course one would expect such a massive revenue stream to show up in Microsoftâ€™s accounts, and there is no obvious entry in Microsoftâ€™s Q2 2012 accounts but one can imagine this money would more than compensate for the $250 million â€˜platform support paymentsâ€™ to Nokia each quarter, not to mention development and support of Windows Phone.
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