Analyst: HTC Pays Microsoft $5 For Every Android Phone That They Sell

Posted May 27, 2011

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It appears that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has an interest in Google Android doing well too. According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft receives $5 for every HTC Android phone that is sold as part of a patent settlement.

Microsoft is also suing other Android phone companies and they are seeking to receive $7.50 to $12.50 per device. “Android has a patent fee. It’s not like Android’s free,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this past October. Pritchard indicated that more legal activity will pick up against Android as Google has “very little IP to defend itself with.” Check out the above photo to see how many lawsuits revolve around Android.