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For Microsoft, Android is Valuable Business

According to a report by Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft may be making more money off Google's Android operating system than it makes off its own Windows Phone platform — five times more, in fact.

Pritchard states that as a result of a patent settlement, HTC is required to pay Microsoft $5 for every Android phone sold.

Analyst Horace Dediu estimates that HTC has sold 30 million Android smartphones to date, which adds up to $150 million in the bank for Microsoft. Dediu notes that Microsoft has reported Windows Phone sales totaling 2 million licenses to date, and he estimates the company's license fee to be $15 for a total of just $30 million.

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