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Samsung to pay Microsoft Android royalties as part of cross-licensing deal

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday September 28, 2011.

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Microsoft and Samsung have just announced a new cross-licensing agreement that will allow each company rights to use the other's patents. The big takeaway, though, is that Microsoft will be receiving royalties from Samsung for its Android smartphones, much like the agreements that Microsoft has with HTC and a number of other companies.

According the to the deal, Microsoft will get royalties for Samsung's line of Android smartphones and tablets. The companies have also agreed to work together on the development and marketing of devices that run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

This new licensing deal sounds similar to the deals that Microsoft has announced with HTC and a host of other, smaller Android manufacturers, but we don't know the exact details of the arrangement between Samsung and Motorola. Samsung makes, and sells, more Android phones than any other company, so this could turn out to be quite lucrative for Microsoft - assuming the per-device royalties are substantial. With both Samsung and HTC shaking hands with Microsoft, that leaves Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG as the other major Android manufacturers that have yet to sign a deal with the Redmond company. It will be interesting to see what happens with Motorola, since it will soon be owned by Google, which makes the Android operating system.

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