"Google last year said Android is a $1 billion business. Microsoft, it seems, may have similar plans for Google’s mobile operating system. Thanks to a barrage of patent licensing agreements with Android manufacturers, including a potentially highly lucrative deal in the works with Samsung, Microsoft is on its way to making big money with Android. How much could it all be worth?
Well, with 500,000 daily Android activations that Google recently reported, Microsoft could make a $912 million in a year if it extracts $5 per activation on every Android smartphone or tablet sold. That’s how much it reportedly makes off each HTC Android device, as part of a licensing deal struck last year. It’s a long way to getting all Android makers to pony but you can see how big an opportunity this is for Microsoft, which is studiously lining up licensing deals with Android manufacturers. There are some 36 Android licensees as of May making some 310 devices."