A different twist in the battle for mobile OS supremacy has emerged with the news that Microsoft is suing Samsung for what it claims are late payment on per-device royalty fees relating to the mobile and tablet manufacturer’s use of Microsoft IP in its Android phones. The two companies had reached an agreement in 2011 (where they cross-licensed their IP) but there are suggestions that, given Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia and direct move into the handset business, their contract is now invalid. This is a significant case with huge sums involved given that Microsoft earns an estimated $2bn a year from hardware companies like Samsung and HTC whose devices run on the Android OS.

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