Samsung agrees to pay royalties on Android to Microsoft


Samsung and Microsoft settle Android patent dispute and agree to collaborate on Windows Phone 7 devices

Samsung is set to pay Microsoft significant royalties on each Android smartphone it sells after the two firms settled a long-running patent dispute.

Samsung is thought to have agreed to pay between $10 and $15 to Microsoft for each Android smartphone it sells. HTC has previously reached a settlement with Microsoft over Android which is thought to have resulted ion the firm paying between $5 and $15 for each Android device.

The firms have also agreed to cooperate in development of Windows 7 smartphones under what Microsoft described as a step to “broaden [the two firms’] smartphone partnership”.

Samsung has made one handset, the Omnia, which runs Windows 7, and is bringing out new models set to run the latest “Mango” version of the OS. However, recent reports suggested the manufacturer was considering dropping the OS in favour of its own Bada platform.

Microsoft Windows Phone division president Andy Lees said: “Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality.

“Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

Samsung global product strategy executive vice president Dr. Won-Pyo Hong said: “Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry.”

“We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”