why do nokia basher's keep saying android is free?
every android phone makers (sony, htc, samsung etc.) they pay google a % every phone they sell !!!
window's phone manufacturers pay microsoft a lump sum to use their OS without having to pay anymore for every single phone they sell.
Android makers pay Microsoft for every phone they make ..... Microsoft holds important patents that Android violates - Microsoft has licensed these patents and collects royalty from very major manufacturer.
"We are pleased that Wistron is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program, established to help companies address Android's IP issues," Microsoft general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a press release.
Microsoft has struck more than 700 licensing agreements since launching its IP program in December 2003, including at least five with Android vendors. Just last week, Microsoft announced Android agreements with Velocity Micro, General Dynamics and Onkyo Corp. Since Microsoft is making the announcements one by one, there could be more coming this week.
The biggest win, however, was a patent agreement struck last year with HTC, which has become one of the most successful smartphone vendors on the strength of its Android devices such as the Evo and Thunderbolt.
Microsoft reportedly receives $5 every time HTC sells an Android phone, leading some observers to conclude that Microsoft makes more money from Android than its own Windows Phone 7 platform.
Microsoft isn't done, either. After all, there are dozens of Android vendors. Motorola, another major Android device maker, is fighting Microsoft's patent infringement claims in court, but Microsoft recently received a ruling in its favor in the ongoing litigation, according to patent watcher Florian Mueller.
Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble over the Android-based Nook, and has signed patent agreements with Samsung and LG, although it's not clear whether these agreements extend to Android, Mueller also notes.
Microsoft claims Motorola infringes on 21 patents, including 19 with Android, according to Mueller.