Samsung To Pay Royalties To Microsoft For Smartphones & Tablets Sold With Android

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Today Microsoft announced that they have signed an agreement with Samsung in which they will “receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. Though the financial terms were not disclosed, it will more than likely be comparable to those Microsoft already has with Acer, HTC, and ViewSonic.

In addition to that announcement Microsoft detailed the two companies agreement to develop and market the Windows Phone. According to Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division, Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality.

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

For more information on this, check out Microsoft’s complete press release. Also, be sure to tell us how you feel about this news. Can’t say I love or hate this.

 

Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing 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.”

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

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