Samsung has no plans for a settlement with Apple, despite Android peer HTC shaking hands with the iMaker to bring to an end a lengthy and damaging patent dispute.
Earlier this week it was revealed that HTC had signed a 10-year agreement with Apple to pay the Cupertino-based giant a license fee of between £3.15 and £12.50 for each handset it sells that runs on Android.
The move is seen as a landmark in the sense it that gives Samsung a window of opportunity to strike a similar deal with Apple to avoid further litigation over alleged copying of iOS technologies, having already lost a court case Stateside where it was ordered to pay a staggering $1.05 billion in damages.
However, according to J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung’s mobile division, that won’t be happening.
“We have no such intention,” Shin told reporters when asked if Samsung would follow suit with HTC.
Some industry watchers believe that Apple only let HTC off the hook because it no longer considers the Taiwanese phone-maker a threat, whereas Samsung obviously is.
So even if Samsung wanted to settle, Apple would likely find an excuse not to, which would only make an already strained relationship between the companies worse.
There’s also chatter that Apple wants to become less dependent on Samsung’s chips, which are produced under a deal that is set to expire in 2014.
Whether it means there’s no prospect of the two giants ever seeing eye-to-eye remains to be seen. For now, at least, it seems the acrimonious rivalry will continue.