Samsung has discovered what I have been saying for years. It helps manufacturers increase margins to use FLOSS. It’s simple maths. Costs are less with FLOSS $0 licences. You can also get a product to market faster because you share the code with others.
Samsung’s latest numbers are dramatic. 60% of their current profits are due to smart phones. They have 20% margins on the smart phones. What would their margins be if they paid M$ $50 per smart phone? Probably a lot closer to zero.
All OEMs should put as many products as they can out there using FLOSS, applications, GNU/Linux and Android/Linux. That includes folks who make a ton of money selling personal computers of all kinds. They can make more money or get a larger share by lowering prices if they use FLOSS. If Samsung can do it, so can HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and the others.
That’s not just smart phones, folks. That’s the whole business which has tiny margins except where they are using FLOSS to compete with the rest of the world.