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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
Google On Microsoftâ€™s Android Patent Tactics: Itâ€™s Extortion [techcrunch.com]
Todayâ€™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 isnâ€™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. Itâ€™s either evil, or evil genius.