Samsung to ditch Symbian, launch fewer Windows Mobile phones?

Not long after Samsung confirmed it’s working on its own Linux-based smartphone OS, we’re now hearing that the world’s second largest phone maker intends to get rid of Symbian, as well as to release fewer Windows Mobile smartphones in the years to come.

According to HMC Investment Securities, Samsung intends to stop making Symbian handsets starting 2011, and reduce the number of WM devices to 20% (from the total number of smartphones) in 2012.

Next year, the South Korean company plans to launch about 10 Android devices (30% of its total number of smartphones), and several devices based on its own smartphone OS. In 2012, 50% of Samsung’s smartphones may run on its own OS.

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Samsung reducing the number of WM phones may not be a surprise, but the fact that the company will no longer make Symbian devices is. After all, Samsung is among the Symbian Foundation’s founding members. But I guess that the HMC report might be wrong. We’ll see.

Via Telecoms Korea

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Jenks

    Windows Mobile is certainly on a downward slippery slope. Being abandoned by Samsung may be the final blow. Sony Ericsson may be about to follow. They join the club with Palm and Motorola that previously ditched WinMo. Soon there won't be anyone left!

  • http://www.hedezines.com/ FireDragon

    There are already reports from Sony Ericsson that they will not make any WinMo devices. I also read from several places that what SE meant to say is they will not make any WinMo until final release of WinMo 7.

  • http://www.unwiredview.com/ Ilinca

    Yes, Sony Ericsson might indeed get rid of Windows Mobile next year: http://www.unwiredview.com/2009/09/09/sony-eric

    Although, as FireDragon says, they may still want to launch WM 7 handsets.

  • http://www.unwiredview.com/ Ilinca

    Yes, Sony Ericsson might indeed get rid of Windows Mobile next year: http://www.unwiredview.com/2009/09/09/sony-eric

    Although, as FireDragon says, they may still want to launch WM 7 handsets.