Microsoft wants $15 from Samsung for every Android phone it builds

Microsoft wants  from Samsung for every Android phone it buildsIt'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.

It's a trick Nokia has apparently already successfully played on Apple, and now it seems Microsoft is at it too: Reuters reports it's demanding $15 a pop for every Android handset Samsung makes.

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.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 7, 2011 at 10:45

It is NOT a "trick"! Happens all the time. The "trick" is: who publishes those kind of details for what purpose ;)
That is what patents are there for. Also IP is what it is. I may not like it; you may not like it. But when Samsung or g*dknowswho advertise a product's features that are, at least partly, based on Microshaft's tech, then you gotta pay for it.

Guan  Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:37

Agree, but the fees need to be proportionate to the amount of tech/IP used. How can Microshaft justify asking for $15 dollars for a small bit of tech used in a rival system when they license the own complete WP7 system for less than $10?
Also, shouldn't Google be fighting these battles for the likes of Samsung and HTC, seeing as Android is their baby? unless of course the bits of IP used are add-ons to Android by the phone makers themselves.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:42

Good points, Guan.

windowsrules  Dec. 18, 2013 at 14:21

if u dun wanna pay den make sure u dun infringe others patents.and make ur products crap which are already junk

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