Assuming Samsung fails to appeal the court’s decision in their legal battle against Apple in the US, the Korean company will have to fork out a whopping $1 billion in damages. Perhaps looking to cut back on possible legal fees and to prevent further lawsuits from Apple, it has been reported (via Korea Times) that according to Samsung officials, the company is increasing the level of their partnership with Microsoft as a way to reduce their dependency on Google’s Android platform for their future success.

While Samsung has been known for plenty of products, its mobile devices like the Galaxy S-series have been considered to be some of the best, if not the best, Android devices out there, but what do you guys think? Is this possible and could the recently announced Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S be a step in that direction?

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