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Microsoft just made a deal with electronics manufacturer Foxconn that will result in Microsoft getting royalties from Hon Hai, Foxconn's parent company, for every Android device that Foxconn makes. Foxconn currently produces about 40% of the world's electronic devices, making this an undeniablely lucrative deal for Microsoft.

Though Google owns Android, Microsoft holds several patents involved in its operation; because of this, companies like LG all pay royalties to Microsoft for using Android in their mobile products.

The actual details behind the deal are unknown, but it's speculated that Microsoft is pulling in hundreds of millions off of royalty every year. All of this is happening while Google doesn't charge manufacturers anything to use Android. Keep in mind, Google also offers several free, cloud-based versions of Microsoft's popular programs.

via Mashable

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