Microsoft Corporation is heavily involved in the mobile industry thanks to the introduction of the Windows Phone operating system a few years ago and their aggressive patent litigation settlements. “Windows Phone revenue, reflecting patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses, increased $222 million,” said Microsoft in a statement.
Microsoft makes a lot of money from their mobile patents, mainly from Android and Linux device companies. Almost every Android device manufacturer has signed patent license agreements with Microsoft, except Google and their subsidiary Motorola.
According to Goldman Sachs, Microsoft likely made $444 million in 2012 from these patent licensing agreements. This number is expected to grow as the Android operating system continues to dominate. Microsoft’s most recent patent licensing deal was made with Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn). Chrome and Android devices are covered by the patent licensing agreements also.
Microsoft Windows Phone is growing also. Nokia reported that they shipped 7.4 million Lumia smartphones in the quarter, which is up 32% from the first quarter.