Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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the sky is not falling
by kristoph on Wed 28th Sep 2011 21:28 UTC
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Microsoft is, almost certainly, getting less then $10 per unit. That won't kill Android in the marketplace or, I suspect, even dent it's ascendance.

Admittedly, if Oracle and Apple force the OEM's to pay a fee and the total licensing fee climbs into the $20+ dollar range that will impact the growth of Android because the OEM's will have an vested interest in selling Windows rather than Android since it will be cheaper.

None of this, I imagine, would help Apple at all.

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