Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jul 2013 16:56 UTC
In the News "According to the CONTEXT data, Android tablets now account for 61.2 percent of the Western European tablet market, more than double the 25.1 percent recorded the same time last year. Apple iOS devices, meanwhile, fell to 37.2 percent of Western European tablet market sales by distribution, from 71.2 percent at the same time last year." This is nothing short of a catastrophic collapse of iPad market share in Europe. Furthermore, "This analysis also screens out the effect of Windows 8, credited in some quarters with helping to drive increased tablet market share and cut into Appleā€™s tablet lead, but in fact with little to no impact, according to CONTEXT." And yes, Windows 8 on tablets is a dud.
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RE[2]: License?
by Nelson on Fri 26th Jul 2013 23:40 UTC in reply to "RE: License?"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft does report their IP related income, its lumped into the Windows Phone division since it subsidizes Windows Phone development.

If an Android device is sold, there's a high chance that the money goes directly towards financing the development of its competitor.

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RE[3]: License?
by fatjoe on Sat 27th Jul 2013 08:56 in reply to "RE[2]: License?"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

They still have an obligation towards shareholder to account for IP revenue. Analysts have predicted that Google pays xxx dollars per sold phone, but these numbers are not backed by Microsoft revenue reports, you can look it up yourself!

Edited 2013-07-27 08:56 UTC

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RE[4]: License?
by Nelson on Sat 27th Jul 2013 11:44 in reply to "RE[3]: License?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

So Microsoft reports the revenue, just not the conditions under which the licenses are sold, which is customary.

However for the intents and purposes of the OPs original point, the question can be answered adequately.

The great myth, and some Android fans do use it as a sort of safety blanket, is that there's some sort of quid pro quo going on in these licensing deals.

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