Microsoft Allegedly Asking Samsung for $15 Per Android Phone Sold
It’s nothing new to most of you that Microsoft is making a lot of money out of Android — probably more than out of Windows Phone — since some IP rights used by Google belong to Redmond. Amounts have been rumored in the past and more recently but the exact value per smartphone is not known.
According to Korean publication MK, Microsoft is going after Samsung in its quest to collect dollars from Android phone manufacturers. Rumor has it Redmond was after $15 per phone — which is a lot, if you consider popular devices like Galaxy S, variants and Galaxy S II — but there were also chirps about a purported deal among the two. Microsoft would lower the amount to $10 in exchange for better Windows Phone support from the Korean manufacturer.
While there were no comments on the story from neither party, Samsung is looking to pay even less (somewhere around HTC’s rumored $5 per phone, because of it being a Windows Phone partner) emphasizing that the company itself is a popular Redmond partner with the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7.