It looks like Microsoft has plans to add yet another Android manufacturer to their list of licensees, and this time round they have Huawei in their sights. Huawei has confirmed this and it seems that negotiations over the licensing of certain patents are already underway. If the negotiations are successful, Microsoft will be adding Huawei to their list, which already includes Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and ViewSonic, just to name a few.
While Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform may not be capturing the same smartphone market share that iOS and Android both control (which adds up to more than 50%), they are doing quite well for themselves with these licenses. It has been reported in the past that HTC is currently paying Microsoft about $5 per Android handset that they sell, so even if Windows Phone were to tank, you can count on Microsoft to continue earning revenue through their competition.
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