Samsung not interested in Symbian at the moment, focuses on Android and Bada
While officially announcing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet, Samsung has also unveiled some details on its future smartphone-related plans.
Samsung also says “a smartphone” with Windows Phone 7 will be launched this year, and that likely means only one model (probably the Samsung Cetus).
As for Symbian, Samsung has no devices based on it planned at the moment, because it doesn’t see “visible demand” for the platform – this could, and probably does mean that we won’t se any Symbian^3 smartphones from Samsung, ever.
Of course, Samsung is still a board member of the Symbian Foundation, so it may be interested in making Symbian^4 devices in the future. That’s if it won’t ditch Symbian altogether, as we’ve previously heard.
In related news, Symbian is reportedly losing market share in China, where it used to control about 70-80% of the market. To blame are, unsurprisingly, Android, Apple, and RIM’s BlackBerry.
DigiTimes says Symbian “has fallen to about 50-60%”. Android currently has 10% of the Chinese smartphone market, while Apple and RIM control more than 5% each.