Samsung has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft to pay royalties for every Android handset or tablet it sells.
The arrangement will see the two companies cross-license each other’s patent portfolios and the Korean phone-maker devote resources to the development and marketing of Windows Phone.
Samsung joins rival HTC and six others, Acer, General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic and Wistron, who have inked similar deals with the Redmond software giant, which accuses the Android manufacturers of violating its intellectual property.
It’s unclear exactly what sum Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft and for which patents. According to analysts' estimate, HTC is paying $5 per Android device, but the amount could be much higher in reality were it not for HTC’s backing of Microsoft’s platform.
Google responded to the news saying Microsoft is trying to “extort profit from others' achievements and hinder the pace of innovation" by resorting to the “same tactic we’ve seen time and again”.
Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson have so far averted legal action, but may well be on Microsoft’s hit list with two of the biggest Android partners already taken care of.
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