Microsoft has already got a number of Android Phone manufacturers to give them pay a licensing fee for every Android device they sell by threatening to sue them. In fact, their income from the licensing deal with HTC is said to be more than five times their earning from Windows Phone 7.
Well, according to reports from Reuters, Microsoft is on it again - and this time they are targeting Samsung. According to the report, Microsoft wants Samsung to pay them $15 for every Android device they sell. According to reports, Microsoft wants Samsung to pay them $15 for every Android device they sell. Microsoft claims to own the patent for several Android components.
Right now Samsung is one of the largest manufacturer of Android devices. Its flagship phone – the Galaxy S 2 – has been a huge hit with more than 3 million units sold in less than two months. The predecessor – Galaxy S – too was a big hit with Samsung selling more than 10 million units. On top of that Samsung has the hottest Android tablets – the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9.
With such sales figures, it is not surprising that Microsoft wants a share of the money that Samsung has earned by using software developed by Google. At the time Microsoft entered into the licensing deal with HTC, HTC was the leading Android manufacturer.
Right now Samsung has not made official statement about this. I hope they do not give in to Microsoft’s demand and fight it out in court – although that seems unlikely given their existing relationship with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7. As for Microsoft, it is sad to see them going down Oracle’s route.