Microsoft might still be struggling to make a major dent with its own mobile platform, but they do have at least one major mobile cash cow: Android. Reportedly Microsoft now makes roughly $2 billion per year from Android patent fees.
The intensity and scale of the global patent war just went up a notch. Yesterday, a company that is co-owned, among others, by Apple and Microsoft filed lawsuits against Google and seven of the largest Android manufacturers.
Last week we reported that Microsoft was attempting to convince HTC to put Windows Phone on its Android devices. Apparently a similar deal has also been offered to Huawei and Samsung. Keep reading for more details!
In a surprising development, Microsoft is reportedly coaxing HTC to offer Windows Phone “as a second option” on Android devices.
In BCG’s 2013 “Most innovative companies” list, Samsung took the second place from Google, with Apple still ranked first.
One of the reported new features for Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana, a virtual assistant to rival Siri and Google Now. Microsoft says she is based on the most advanced, almost magical, intelligence in their cloud.
For all those among us that have dreamed of a Nokia Android phone, perk up. The marriage of Nokia’s legendary build quality and the best mobile operating system in the world would be a truly amazing thing, and now, it’s looking more likely than ever.
As Microsoft begins the road towards bringing Nokia under their wing, we’re left to wonder what implications the deal could mean for Android. Though the news is fresh, it could be a dud of a deal for Microsoft.
In a press release late last night, Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion.
Google has acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs, a move that seems to confirm Google’s interest in making a smartwatch of its own, something we’ve heard of before.