It's the latest way of making money in the smartphone game it seems: never mind selling your own kit, lay a claim on your rivals', then get them to cough up for each phone they make.
Steve Ballmer's boys reckon they have a wide range of patents Android is guilty of infringing on, according to the Maeil Business Newspaper in South Korea.
And with Samsung starting to hit some seriously big sales figures these days they clearly reckon it's time for Samsung to start forking out after striking a similar licensing deal with HTC in April last year.
The paper says Samsung wants to lower the price to around $10, in exchange for which it will enter into a “deeper alliance” with Microsoft on Windows. Even still, based on the recently reported three million sales figure for the Samsung Galaxy S II, that would have given Microsoft a cool $30m in just a couple of months. No wonder it wants to strike a deal.
In total, Samsung is expected to hit sales of 19 million handsets between April and June, with most of its big-ticket handsets running on Android.