It would appear that HTC
is now set up to pay two giant companies for the rights to use their patents rather than face their legal wrath: their newest being Apple
for $6-8 USD a phone. The other company HTC is into for cash-per-device is Microsoft
, revealed all the way back in 2010 as an industry changing agreement
for $5 USD a phone.
The difference between that fee and this are small for HTC and for Apple and Microsoft in the end, but for this one fact: it does still appear that Microsoft makes more from Android-carrying device patent license fees than it does from its own Windows Phone platform - though that may change in the oncoming Windows Phone 8 season.