Samsung, Microsoft Replace partnership forward of Brooklyn occasion

Ahead of the Samsung Unpacked event due to take place in Brooklyn next week, the Seoul-based tech giant has reportedly updated its partnership with software major Microsoft.

The partnership is expected to result in Samsung selling some of its smartphones that have Microsoft Android apps pre-installed, including the Your Phone app, which connects phones to Windows 10 PCs, ZDNet reported on Friday.

At the event, it is speculated that Microsoft is demonstrating how its various office apps would work on the coming wave of Samsung phones.

While Samsung didn’t address the reports, a Microsoft spokesman said the company had nothing to share, the report added.

In 2011, Samsung and Microsoft settled their patent license dispute. Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft for license patents that Android allegedly violated. In 2013, Samsung paid Microsoft $ 1 billion a year in patent royalties.

Later in 2015, Microsoft and Samsung “expanded their partnership,” with Samsung agreeing to have certain Microsoft services and apps pre-installed on its Android devices.

Samsung employees had agreed to install Microsoft apps such as OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung has also agreed to have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype preinstalled on select Samsung Android tablets.

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