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Samsung and Microsoft Settle Over Android Smartphone Licencing

     
3:01 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Samsung and Microsoft Settle Over Android Smartphone Licencing [guardian.co.uk]
Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties after it settled a legal battle over the Korean manufacturer's Android smartphones and tablets.

The technology giants announced an agreement on Wednesday about the use of Google's Android software.

Samsung will have to pay Microsoft a small fee – likely between $10 and $15 – for each Android smartphone or tablet computer it sells. Samsung has sold more than 10m Galaxy S II smartphones since its launch in May, meaning that the Asian
2:19 am on Sept 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was amused by a TechCrunch article on the same topic:
Google On Microsoft’s Android Patent Tactics: It’s Extortion [techcrunch.com]

Today’s maneuver is only the latest in a series of moves by Microsoft to destroy Android, or get paid trying. CEO Steve Ballmer is on record as saying that Android isn’t free, you have to pay Microsoft for the patents it violates. And Microsoft has gone out of their way to ensure they maintain the patent upper hand. It’s either evil, or evil genius.
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Yes, interesting, thanks Bill.

The licencing issue is the thing here. Microsoft stands to gain from Samsung's sales of Android phones. Don't you find that a little bit ironic!
 

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