Citing Korean media, the report says Microsoft wants Samsung to pay Microsoft $15 for each phone that uses Android software made by Microsoft competitor Google.
Microsoft claims that Android infringes on Microsoft’s intellectual property. Microsoft has Motorola and Barnes & Noble for patent infringement. HTC, a phone maker that competes with Samsung, has already settled with Microsoft.
Four other companies that make Android tablets — Onkyo, Velocity Micro, General Dynamics Itronix and Wistron — said they signed license agreements to pay Microsoft in the past two weeks.
Google gives away Android for free.
There are still many tablet and phone makers that use Android that we have not heard anything about Microsoft pursuing: Dell, Sony, Sony Ericsson, LG, Chinese phone makers Huawei and ZTE, Asus and Acer are the ones that come to mind. If you think of others, drop them in the comments below.
Here is the Reuters report.
Microsoft was not immediately available to comment, but we will update here if we hear back.
Update 8:02 a.m.:
Microsoft declined to comment on the report.
(Photo of Samsung Galaxy S2: Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)