Fresh from yesterday’s shock news of a licensing deal between HTC and Microsoft concerning what’s believed to be several MS patents that are possibly infringed by either Android itself or HTC’s Sense UI, serious newsy site Businessweek has today attempted to put a figure on exactly how much HTC is having to hand over.
And it’s high, with one analyst suggesting HTC could have to hand over up to $40 for every Android-powered smartphone it sells as a result of this week’s patent agreement with Microsoft.
Here’s a chunk of text we’ve stolen from Businessweek:
“Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group in San Jose, California, estimates that HTC and most other handset manufacturers would have to pay Microsoft $20 to $40 per phone to license the intellectual property required for Android.”
Enderle then goes on to suggest that it could impact on the popularity of Android itself, because “Nobody wants to deal with Microsoft”. Blimey. Link via Pocketnow.