Samsung are reportedly showing interest in re-joining the Windows Phone game, however according to KoreanTimes they first want to work out the royalty issues between Microsoft and Samsung. Last year Samsung and Microsoft entered a royalty dispute in court, when Samsung refused to pay over 1 Billion dollars in royalties to Microsoft, stating since they bought Nokia’s devices and services division they are now a phone and therefore they are no longer privy to the same deal.
“Samsung has run pilot programs on the stability of Windows 8.1 software on devices. It is interested in promoting Windows mobiles.”
“If the companies settle their litigation, then Samsung will manufacture handsets powered by the Microsoft-developed mobile platform,” the official said. “The timing could be the third quarter of this year at the earliest.”
Should Samsung and Microsoft work out their dispute we might see a new Windows Phone device by Q3 2015, perfect timing for a Windows 10 device.