Report: Microsoft wants $15 from Samsung for every Android handset made

Summary:Microsoft is squeezing the Android patent cash cow as hard as it can, with Samsung in the firing line this time.

Microsoft is squeezing the Android patent cash cow as hard as it can, with Samsung in the firing line this time.

According to The Economic Times, Microsoft is demanding that Samsung pay $15 for each Android handset it makes. The report also goes on to suggest that Samsung would seek to lower this figure to some $10 for each handset 'in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the U.S. company's Windows platform.'

These patent deals are lucrative. Microsoft has already struck a deal with handset maker HTC where it's estimated to receive some $5 for every handset. Nokia has also recently struck a deal with Apple which rakes in some $11.50 for each iPhone sold.

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Samsung is the #2handset maker selling some 19 million smartphones between April and June, and it's expected that it will take the #1 slot from Nokia pretty soon, so it's a big target for Microsoft to go after.

How much could this b worth to Microsoft? Well, estimates suggest that for the Galaxy S II smartphone alone Microsoft could pull in $200 million a year.

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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