While Samsung and Apple are battling it out in court and before the International Trade Commission over smartphone patents, Microsoft wants Samsung to fork over $15 per Android smartphone sold. I've mentioned before that Android may be a bigger cash cow than Windows Phone for the software juggernaut. The Seattle Times reports the company claims Android infringes Microsoft patents.
Rather than suing all the Android smartphone makers, Microsoft appears to be using its settlement with HTC to convince others that the license fee is a small price to pay. Several companies have signed licensing deals in the last few weeks, and Samsung "is in the crosshairs." According to MobileCrunch:
Samsung will likely enter into a stronger alliance with Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 platform in order to lower that licensing fee to about $10 per phone, according to unnamed industry officials.
Writer Jordan Creek suggests LG may be the next target in Microsoft's "money-grabbing" spree.