HTC pays Microsoft $5 for every Android devices they build

According to CiTi analyst Walter Pritchard, HTC is paying Microsoft $5 in licensing fee for every Android handset they build. As you probably already know HTC has signed a patent licensing deal with Microsoft last year to be able to manufacture and sell Android devices without being sued. Unfortunately the cost per device has never been officially revealed and today’s analysts guess is the closes we have.

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Third Party applications scrolling performance: Mango vs NoDo

As you already know Windows Phone 7 Mango will feature an improved ListboxControl which offloads the touch input and BtimapImage function from the UI thread to enable smooth scrolling. This was already demonstrated during MIX11 and also seen in my Mango hands on video here. The device I played with unfortunately didn’t have many 3rd party applications installed so I was unable to shoot a NoDo vs Mango video to compare the performance improvement using the same on application on both device. Fortunately for us somebody else did it. Hit the break to watch the short video:

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Windows Phone 7 Mango: Bing Vision OCR Text translation and Outlook tasks shown on video

Here’s a neat little feature that I didn’t have the chance to check out during my Mango hands-on but that Microsoft Germany demoed during their event: Bing Vision Text Translation using optical character recognition (OCR). This feature is similar to the one found in the Android Google Docs application that was released not long ago but this time it is natively integrated into the OS. Hit the break to check it out (it starts at 1:24):

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