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Samsung to abandon Windows Mobile for Android?

updated 03:00 pm EST, Mon November 9, 2009

Samsung may deal Microsoft severe blow

Samsung is about deal Microsoft one of its most severe blows yet by dropping Windows Mobile from most of its phones, an investment note issued today says. HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.

In exchange, Samsung will increase its use of Android to about 30 percent next year and keep the percentage relatively constant through the same period. Symbian use should shrink to just a few percent in 2010 and should disappear altogether in 2011. A new proprietary Samsung OS should arrive next year and gradually form about half of all the company's smartphone sales.

Samsung has yet to directly confirm or deny the claims.

If accurate, the switch in strategy may reflect a combined larger exodus away from Windows Mobile for those major firms that still use the platform. HTC, the largest single Windows Mobile device maker, has already been rumored as switching more than half of its 2010 phones to Android. LG has signed a pact with Microsoft to make Windows Mobile phones but even now has introduced its first Android phone and is said by HMC to be extending its use significantly more.

These partial defections have so far stemmed from both a desire to reduce dependency on Microsoft as well as a hope for support of more modern smartphone features, such as fast, accurate web browsing and capacitive touchscreens with finger-ready interfaces. Windows Mobile 6.5 has new touch-ready features but is based on the same fundamental design as Windows Mobile 5.0.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't blame them

    The development of Windows Mobile has been stagnant for years now. MS literally did not do a damn thing with the platform after they thought they had 'won' the market. Kind of like how handled internet Explorer. once they thought the competition was finished, they finished updating the software.

  1. Dalhectar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Mobile 7?

    Doesn't the 7 that's in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 chart (the light blue) stand for Windows Mobile 7? It would make since that they are phasing out WinMo 6.1 and 6.5 for the new version when it's released... Assuming Microsoft actually releases Windows Mobile 7.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is unsurprising...

    I don't think any company wants to get left behind in the biggest rush for smartphones. Look for many more cellphone companies ditching Windows Mobile. Imagine having to wait until "sometime next year" for Windows Mobile 7. Cellphone companies could possibly be waiting for the proverbial pig in a poke while losing nearly all of their customer base. I have no doubt HTC and Samsung are really going to be ditching WinMo completely despite what they're saying. Why even bother to support a quickly dying OS.

    Let's face it. Microsoft blew it by not keeping WinMo up-to-date even with all the money and resources it had available. The iPhone came along and upset everyone's cart and roadmap timetable. Within these past few years the smartphone has basically taken over as one of the fastest developing computing platforms as the desktop platform has appeared to stagnate.

    Apparently, Microsoft thought they won the mobile battle a little too soon. They're looking to be very heavy losers.

  1. Telekinesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What is wrong with MS's corporate culture?

    The have near unlimited resources but they are regularly trounced by small startups and they never innovate fast enough, they're like a big rock being dragged in the mud, they're too stubborn to change and always play catch up. This is completely unacceptable for a company with this much at its disposal.

  1. pelton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Win Mob 6.5

    Windows Mobile 6.5 has some distinct features such as the Honeycomb feature which makes it much user friendly. The new Home screen allows a user to read his messages; upcoming tasks & events at one go. As a user I felt it much better than an I-phone.

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