Samsung and Microsoft have agreed to end their royalties dispute. The two companies went at it last year over a contract that forced Samsung to pay patent royalties for Android to Microsoft. Nearly all manufacturers using Android have a similar contract with Microsoft, but Samsung has been looking for a way out. The search for a loophole is entirely understandable; Samsung paid over $1 billion to Microsoft in 2013 alone.
Samsung claimed that Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s hardware division made Microsoft a hardware manufacturer, which would free Samsung from the contract. Microsoft disagreed and took Samsung to court over the issue. The two companies have settled the matter out of court with a confidential agreement that leaves us all in the dark as to how much Samsung will now pay. That’s not an issue, though, as we’re simply glad to see the petty dispute dropped.Show Press Release