Report: Microsoft Wants Samsung to Pay Fee for Each Android Phone

Reuters is reporting that Microsoft has "demanded" that Samsung pay $15 USD for every handset it makes that uses Google’s Android operating system. Reuters posits that Samsung will likely seek to reduce that price to $10 per handset in exchange for a better relationship with Microsoft and its windows mobile operating system. That is based on comments made by an "unnamed industry official" to the Japanese Maeil Business Newspaper.

Microsoft holds a number of patents related to Android, and is using them to help earn millions of dollars each year. In April 0f 2010 Microsoft reached a licensing deal with Taiwan’s HTC Corp, under which it would receive royalty payments of $5 per handset. Since 2003, Microsoft has secured licensing agreements with more 700 companies.

Some see these licensing agreements as a way for Microsoft to meddle in the market by making Android-based handsets more expensive. This makes its own operating system, which is trying to gain a foothold in a market dominated by Android and iOS devices, more attractive to phone makers.

Source: Reuters by way of Venture Beat

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