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Microsoft demands $15 on each Samsung smartphone

Microsoft is demanding that Korean mobile maker Samsung hands over $15 for every Android-powered handset it sells.

The software giant says that the open source Android operating system contains a wide range of its own patents and, as such, it is entitled to a substantial slice of any profits made.

The Redmond-based software monopolist has a precedent to follow after it struck a similar deal with Taiwanese outfit HTC last year. HTC also uses the Google-owned mobile OS.

According to a Reuters report, the licensing deal could be reduced to $10 per unit if Samsung agrees to bung the Windows 7 Mobile OS on more of its hardware.

Although not mentioned by the report, the deal would almost certainly cover Samsung's Android-powered tablet devices as well.