Samsung to “pay Microsoft $15” for each Android phone

Microsoft has reportedly demanded that Samsung pay $15 for each Android smartphone handset it makes as the software giant has a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform.

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Samsung would likely seek to lower the payment to about $10 in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the company’s Windows platform, South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper quoted unnamed industry officials as saying. Samsung had no immediate comment.

Microsoft has been targeting manufacturers using Android, claiming the Google mobile OS infringes on its patents.

In April last year, Microsoft said it had reached a licensing deal with HTC, under which it would receive royalty payments on its handsets running Android.

The move comes as Android phones gain in popularity. Microsoft charges handset makers such as HTC and Samsung to use its Windows Phone software and has tied up with Nokia to challenge Google and Apple in the smartphone market.

Analysts forecast Samsung to have sold about 19 million smartphones in the April-June quarter, with the dominant position running on Android. It is widely expected to emerge as the top smartphone maker, replacing Nokia’s decade-long reign.

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