Samsung and Google announced over the weekend that the two companies have signed a wide ranging global patent licensing agreement. The agreement covers multiple technologies and business areas and will be valid for current patents held by the two companies as well as those filed over the next 10 years. The financial details of the agreement weren’t made public. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmed
The agreement comes at a time when Samsung is thought to be working on its own alternatives from Google’s Android platform and can be seen duplicating services that Google already provides. For instance, Samsung has its own S-Voice service when Android has voice search and Google Now that provide the same features and then some more. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.” Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,” said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”
It remains to be seen how the deal pans out and whether future versions of Android would incorporate some of Samsung’s technology, especially when it comes to sensors and certain UI tricks like picking the phone to call the person from the SMS inbox, among others.