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Microsoft wants Samsung to pay up over Android

Microsoft is trying to get Samsung to pay it $15 for every Android phone the Korean manufacturer makes, according to reports.On Wednesday, Reuters reported that, according to a local newspaper quoting unnamed sources, Samsung is fighting back, pushing for the licensing fee to be $10 (£6) per handset instead.
Written by David Meyer, Contributor on

Microsoft is trying to get Samsung to pay it $15 for every Android phone the Korean manufacturer makes, according to reports.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that, according to a local newspaper quoting unnamed sources, Samsung is fighting back, pushing for the licensing fee to be $10 (£6) per handset instead.

Microsoft has already got several manufacturers of Android devices — HTC, General Dynamics, Wistron, Velocity Micro and Onkyo — to pay up for Microsoft-owned patents that are allegedly infringed in Google's Android operating system.

The software giant has also sued Motorola over its Android implementations, saying they infringe patents relating to email, calendar and contact synchronisation, and the ability to notify apps about changes in signal strength and battery power.

Motorola countersued, claiming Motorola patents are infringed in Microsoft's desktop and mobile Windows operating systems, as well as the Xbox gaming platform.

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