Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

Summary: Another OEM sign deals with Microsoft in order to be able to use Android without fear of being sued.

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Microsoft has announced that it has signed a deal with smartphone maker Samsung covering Android patents and a Windows Phone marketing and development deal.

Under this deal Microsoft will receive a royalty for each Samsung device (smartphone and tablet) sold running Android. In addition to this, the two companies have agreed to cooperate in the marketing and development of Windows Phone.

"Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we're investing to make that a reality," said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. "Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform."

"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," said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung's mobile communication division.

Why has Samsung entered into this allegiance with Microsoft? Rumor has it that Microsoft was asking that Samsung pay a $15 royalty on each Android device it sold, but that this would be reduced to $10 in exchange for closer cooperation between the two companies.

The Android part of this deal is similar to a number of deals that Microsoft has entered into with Android device makers this year, including ViewSonic and Acer.

This move continues to press on the point made my Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, earlier this year:

'Android has a patent fee. It’s not like Android’s free. You do have to license patents.'

Android is rapidly becoming Microsoft's favorite cash cow. I really have wonder if Microsoft cares whether Windows Phone lives or dies given how much cash it's making from Android.

Topics: Mobility, Legal, Microsoft, Samsung, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

    It's so sad, I have no comment.<br><br>PS. In other android news.
    Android is heading north up towards 50% marketshare by years end.
    Return_of_the_jedi
    • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

      @Return_of_the_jedi

      Why is it sad? Microsoft are not trying to stop the handsets from being sold, unlike Apple!!

      And if Microsoft has a revenue from Android, then it's in Microsoft's interest for the Android platform to continue to be successful.
      wp7mango
    • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

      @Return_of_the_jedi
      I'm outraged too and I demand a legal investigation of this dirty deal!
      Samsung is a huge disappointment.
      I will buy gadgets only from brave OEMs like motorola.
      The Linux Geek
      • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

        @The Linux Geek You better buy it quickly or else there will be no company from which you could buy !!!
        1773
      • Better hurry. One way or another moto will be paying MS for android too

        Their old patents are useless against MS so their will be no cross licensing. They are either going to settle and pay like everyone else whos been selling MS ip without paying for it or theyre going to get forced to by a judge. Google buying them doesnt change this a bit.
        Johnny Vegas
      • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

        @The Linux Geek
        me too
        linuxforhumanbeing
  • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

    Android's current run is like a somebody who don't have a stable income, lavishly spend using credit card money to live for the movement. The reality will bite when the money needs to be paid back with interest.

    The above scenario perfectly fits for google/android. Its payback time now for android.
    owlnet
  • Does Microsoft Care?

    Windows Phone is a significant building block of an ecosystem. Microsoft definitely cares. Making a little money off Android is a fun diversion for them, but couldn't replace the strategic value of a successful phone of their own.
    WebSiteManager
  • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

    @Adrian<br><br><i>"... how much cash its making from Android."</i><br><br>Do you have figures, or it's just more talk of making cash? <br>Did you see any NDA? Didn't think so.<br>Do you know if any money is involved or just promises?<br>Didn't think so.
    Return_of_the_jedi
  • How much does MS get from every Kindle Fire?

    That's what I'm wondering this morning.
    Johnny Vegas
  • If Microsoft's Ideas Are So Valuable ...

    ... why hasn't it been able to turn them into successful products of its own that people want to buy? Why does it feel the need to parasitize off companies that have done the hard work to bring out the successful products?

    Microsoft just wants to be paid lots of money for doing nothing at all.
    ldo17
  • RE: Microsoft and Samsung ink Android patent and Windows Phone marketing/dev deal

    But it has, one product for instance runs on a billion computers, another one is the world's leading office productivity suite for as long as I can remember. Where can I buy add free and privacy conscience Google software ?
    sjaak327
  • This is extortion

    I'm really saddened by this. It's flat out extortion and I hope they get investigated.
    Microsoft has yet to reveal what IP Android violates and has decided to compete by scaring OEMs into giving them money! These big OEMs can afford it, but will a new startup with something truly innovative ever be able to survive in this climate of competition through litigation? As long as MS doesn't disclose what IP Android violates, it can hold the whole industry hostage. At this point MS is probably making more money from Android than Google!
    I'm completely disgusted! This isn't what the free market is supposed to be like!
    mookiemu