Microsoft paying Samsung, Sony and others to make Windows Phone devices: Report

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Microsoft seems desperate to have more OEMs to help its cause in increasing its Windows Phone ecosystem; at if a new rumour is to be believed, which claims the Redmond giant is offering incentives to some major handset manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Huawei among others.

Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin made the statement, saying Microsoft is offering Samsung $1.2 billion,Sony $0.5 billion; Huawei $0.6 billion and others $0.3 billion in incentives to make a Windows Phone device in 2014.

Another tweet by Murtazin claims that the company is offering the alleged amount of money to these companies to make at least one Windows Phone model. The tweet reads, “Microsoft going to pay to each company for creating one wp8 model. No matter how they call this money, it’s not a real business for MS.”

Further, Murtazin suggests that Sony is already doing well in terms on revenue this year, thanks to Microsoft’s incentive and writes, “For instance, Sony with 0.5 bln from Microsoft already profitable in 2014, will meet internal goals in terms of money around September.” The tweet was first spotted byUnwired View.

Notably, Murtazin was the first to claim that the Redmond giant had been offering Samsung a whopping $1 billion incentive to continue working on Windows Phone devices back in December last year.

A report on Wednesday suggested that Samsung might be soon joining the Windows Phone 8 smartphone league. A Samsung device dubbed SM-W750V was spotted in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) listing, and also on the UA profile, which has been accessible at company’s mobile official site.

Sony is also reportedly considering launching a Windows Phone device, in an attempt to move away from being a single operating system handset maker. Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, confirmed that the company was in talks with Microsoft.


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