It looks like Microsoft has signed another patent deal with a major Android smartphone maker, we previously heard that Microsoft and HTC had agreed a deal where HTC would pay Microsoft a license fee for every Android device it sells.
Now it is the turn of Samsung, who have agreed to pay Microsoft a license fee on every Android device they sell, and considering that the company recently announced that they had sold over 10 million Galaxy S II smartphones worldwide, this should be a fair amount of cash for Microsoft.
We had reported previously that Microsoft was looking to get around $15 out of Samsung for every Android device the sell, although there are no details on how much Samsung will pay Microsoft.
If we assume that Microsoft and Samsung have agreed $10 per Android device they sell, and if Samsung continues to sell 10 million android devices a year, it will probably be much higher than this, Samsung could end up paying Microsoft $100 million a year on Android devices.
Microsoft now has deals with HTC, Samsung, Acer, Viewsonic and a couple of other companies, which could mean that Microsoft will be generating a significant revenue from Google’s Android OS for the patents it holds, and probably more than it makes from its own mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.
The two companies have also come to an agreement to cross license each others patents, which could help Samsung out in its various court cases against Apple.
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