Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/183766/why-microsoft-makes-5-to-15-from-every-android-device-sold/
Microsoft makes much more money from Android than Windows Phone. Every time you buy an Android smartphone or tablet, Microsoft is likely receiving $5 to $15. They likely make at least $2 billion per year from Android.
Technically speaking, Google can design open source replacements for Microsoft's software. The FAT filesystem drivers, for example, can be removed in devices that don't use external microSDs; they can use ext4 for data and stuff and transfer content via MTP.
What is the time frame for these patents? If most of these guys wanted to get around FAT/FAT32 they could. Why they don't. That's another question I have no idea why they all don't get together and tell MS what to do with FAT or whatever technology. Final comment, ain't our legal system a real winner. Always looking out for #1 lawyers and #2 the guys with the money. Yep, a wonderful system.
As long as Apple is not profiting from my Android purchases I'll continue to support Google.
Isn't MTP also a patented protocol by Microsoft?
I think it'd be probably a better idea that upstreams or manufacturers should consider using the open standard UDF file system. UDF has native read/write support on Linux(then Android), OS X and Windows, it supports file permissions but does not preserve belonged user and group which spares you the owner-ship headache, and has 4GB+ file size support. The disadvantage of UDF is the lack of file system checking/repairing tools on all three platforms, which makes it unrealistic to store data on non-optical drives.
So for now, for the sake of compatibility, manufacturers may have no choice but to pay Microsoft the damn money.
I sincerely hope Microsoft drop dead.
At least Germany fought them successfully. Way to go! Have to agree, libre_, Permissions on files can be a real PITA. MS coffers are FAT enough.
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