The company sources said that the financial terms were not disclosed. Samsung Electronics Co, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones using android software, said that it also paves the way for deeper collaboration on research and development for both.

The two have already collaborated on smartphones and televisions.

The announcement means there will be a higher possibility for Samsung to participate in Google’s key projects as a hardware partner.

Deputy general counsel at Google Allen Lo said that the deal allows both the technical giants to reduce the potential for litigation and to focus on innovation.