chrishoffman at March 5th, 2014 06:40 — #1
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.
nsdcars5 at March 5th, 2014 09:53 — #2
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.
joe_curmudgeon at March 5th, 2014 20:24 — #3
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.
paulsilvan at March 5th, 2014 20:50 — #4
As long as Apple is not profiting from my Android purchases I'll continue to support Google.
libre_lbelmont at March 5th, 2014 22:40 — #5
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.
nuzerxe at March 8th, 2014 09:33 — #6
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.
system at March 15th, 2014 07:50 — #7
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