Samsung and Microsoft settle Android licensing dispute
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 29/09/2011 18:34
Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft what could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties after it settled a bitter dispute over the Korean manufacturer's Android smartphones and tablets.
The technology giants announced an agreement on Wednesday about the use of Google's Android software.
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