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.
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