Android Still Free: Google Denies Licensing Fees


It was reported recently that though Android remains free, Google may charge a licensing fee to use some of its more popular services like the Google Play store, Gmail, and Maps. However, the Internet search giant is setting the record straight, denying that it is charging any sort of licensing fee for manufacturers to use […]

Android Could Become an $8.8 Billion Business for Microsoft Annually

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Though Microsoft builds its own Windows Phone platform to compete in the mobile OS space, rival Google’s free-to-use Android operating system could become a very lucrative business for Microsoft. If Google’s Android OS market share continues to grow, Microsoft could profit up to $8.8 billion a year by 2017 from Google’s hardware manufacturer through licensing […]

Microsoft Makes It Easier to Take Your Office 2013 License to a New PC

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Speculated to have responded to negative comments and public policy, Microsoft has once again amended its Office 2013 license terms to make owning Office 2013 more consumer-friendly. Users who own Office 2013 can now migrate or transfer their Office license to a new PC should their old PC fail or if they decide to upgrade […]

RIM Talks About Licensing BlackBerry 10 and Selling Off Hardware Business


Research in Motion’s new CEO Thorsten Heins may be moving the company more in the direction of Google than Apple as Heins says that his company may license its BlackBerry 10 OS to other smartphone-makers and RIM may sell off its BlackBerry smartphone hardware business. In order for any of this to happen, though, Heins […]

Microsoft’s Collected Patent Royalties Dwarf Windows Phone Sales


With Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung Mobile in full swing in the U.S., the issue of patents, intellectual property, and licensing and royalties have gained traction in consumer mindsets. Another player in the mobile field that is going after various Android smartphone manufacturers is Windows Phone OS-maker Microsoft, which has inked royalty and licensing agreements with […]

Google Fingers Blame at Microsoft, Nokia for Rising Phone Prices


Google had filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing smartphone rivals Nokia and its partner Microsoft of colluding over patents and intellectual property, which in effect is creating rising smartphone costs for consumers. The complaint was filed by the Android operating system maker on Thursday. Google says that Windows Phone OS-creator Microsoft through its […]

Apple, iOS More Valuable to Nokia Than Lumia Is In Recent Quarter


In Nokia’s most recent financial quarter, the company announced a$1.7 billion loss attributed to rapidly declining sales of devices using its Symbian cash cow operating system as the company makes a hard transition to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS. Nokia had cautioned and analysts had warned before that it will get worse before it gets […]

Apple Could Profit When More Android Devices Are Sold


Under new CEO Tim Cook, it appears that Apple is softening Steve Jobs’ declaration of thermonuclear war against Google’s rival Android operating system. The company is now no longer seeking the destruction and demise of the Android ecosystem, but rather, like Microsoft, is looking from the follies of Android as Google lacks strength in patents […]

Apple Could Net $10 for Every Android Sold In Lieu of Legal War

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One expert believes that Apple could stand to profit $10 for every Android device sold if the company ended its legal war over Google and the Android franchise and started to work on licensing agreements like what competitor Microsoft had done. 3LP Advisors LLC manager partner Kevin Rivette revealed the figure to Bloomberg. Rivette pegs […]

Android Already As Profitable for Microsoft as Windows Phone 7


Microsoft makes almost as much money licensing patents to HTC,¬†Samsung¬†and other companies as it does selling Windows Phone 7 devices. Yes, you read that right, Microsoft makes almost as much from Android sales as they do through sales of their own Windows Phone devices. That’s more than Google makes from the Android, which the company […]

HP to Explore Hardware Partners for webOS


HP dropped an absolute bombshell on the tech world today. It’s killing the HP TouchPad, its webOS tablet, and it will not be releasing any further webOS powered smartphones. The HP Pre 3 never had a chance. So, now what? The logical guess has been that HP intends on licensing webOS out to hardware makers. […]

Despite Small Sales, Microsoft Re-Affirms Commitment to Windows Phone


CEO Steve Ballmer of Microsoft re-affirms his company’s commitment to the Windows Phone platform during a keynote at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, California. Though the CEO had admitted that the platform, which was re-tooled less than a year ago, only achieved a small market share, Ballmer remains optimistic about the prospect of […]

Samsung’s Mobile Strategy: Diversify


With HP hoping to license out its webOS mobile platform for other hardware-makers to use on their branded smartphones and tablets, one company that may be interested may be Samsung. If Samsung does in fact choose to license webOS, the Korean manufacturer will effectively have four working mobile operating systems under its belt: Android, Windows […]

Android Users to Generate $1.3 Billion in Revenue for Google in 2012


While Android, unlike Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft, is a free operating system for manufacturers to use, customize, and implement on devices such as smartphone, the free OS is still generating quite a bit of revenue for Google, the OS’s maker. The operating system currently generates approximately $130 annually for Google, as […]