A report out of South Korea this morning says Microsoft is continuing its effort to get royalties from makers of Google Android devices, seeking as a lot as $15 per phone from Samsung for each Android machine the corporate sells.
That’s 3 times the quantity that Microsoft reportedly will get from HTC underneath an Android licensing deal struck by the corporate final 12 months. However as explained by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the determine quoted within the report this morning is extra probably a negotiating place by Microsoft — its “saber-rattling worth” — versus the quantity the corporate really expects to obtain.
As we’ve noted in the past, this isn’t a lot an effort by Microsoft to generate income as it’s an try so as to add a price to Android gadgets, making a stage enjoying discipline for Microsoft’s personal Home windows Phone 7. Microsoft would put it a barely completely different manner: It’s attempting to indicate that Android isn’t free, based mostly on Microsoft’s competition that Android makes use of applied sciences that Microsoft has patented.
However it’s not simply Microsoft that’s conserving Samsung’s legal professionals busy. Apple can also be ratcheting up the stress by submitting a brand new case in its separate patent dispute with the electronics producer, according to a Bloomberg News report today.