Thanks to royalty payments from awards related to patent complaints against HTC, Microsoft is estimated to have made three times more revenue from sales of HTC’s Android phones than it did from sales of Windows Phone licenses last quarter. Asymco analyst Horace Dediu estimated this past May that Microsoft had made five times more money from HTC’s Android phones than its own Windows Phone platform through the first quarter of this year. In the second quarter, Dediu says Microsoft made approximately $21 million from 1.4 million Windows Phone licenses at $15 a piece, while the company’s $5-per-device royalty from sales of 12 million HTC Android phones brought in $60 million in the quarter. Dediu’s numbers are based on Canalys’ Windows Phone shipment estimates and the 12.1 million handsets HTC says it shipped in the second quarter, though we’re not sure how the analyst determined that 12 million of those devices were Android phones. HTC also sells phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and phones based on Qualcomm’s Brew MP platform. More →
The patent war between Apple and Samsung never seems to stop. The warring heads are back after a breather. Reuters reports that the latter has accused the former of violating four of its patents which also includes the use of emoticons. Samsung Electronics has filed fresh claims against Apple Inc over alleged patent infringements in Germany. The two companies have been conflicting over breaches pertaining to WCDMA for 3G mobile handsets owned by Samsung. "(Samsung) made four more claims; two are standard-related patents and the other two are utility patents. And a court said it would make these claims separate from the April lawsuit," the spokesman said. LA Times mentions that Samsung does own a patent on use of emoticons in its smartphones and had won the European rights to it in the year 2000. Now, when you look into your iPhone on the Japanese keyboard under Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards, you will see an emoticon option. The very menu that pops out happens to be the weak spot for Apple, and this is how the American giant seems to have landed up in trouble. Samsung had earlier seemed to have an upper hand in the fight when an Australian court lifted a ban on the sale of its Galaxy tablets in December. But the South Korean tech giant's glory was spoilt when it lost bid to block Apple 4S sales in France.