21 October 2002 - Symbian has officially announced that Samsung will use its OS in a range of smartphone products. Samsung's first Symbian handset will be a 2.5G smartphone using Nokia's Series 60 interface.
Samsung is planning further Symbian OS models for 2.5G and 3G networks, including both GSM- and CDMA-based standards. Symbian added CDMA support to its OS earlier this year and Samsung announced that it was licensing Nokia's Series 60 in August 2002. Samsung is the world's third largest handset manufacturer and one of the fastest growing.
"Symbian has demonstrated its ability to deliver leading edge technology, stimulate product innovation and work closely with its licensees to ship industry-leading smartphones. We look forward to delivering open Symbian OS phones to global markets. The flexibility of the technology will allow us to produce innovative products with multi-media capabilities that provide a compelling experience for mobile users."
David Levin, Chief Executive, Symbian Ltd., said : "We are delighted to welcome Samsung as a Symbian OS licensee. Samsung is a leading developer of CDMA and GSM mobile phones for key Asian and other worldwide markets, with extensive experience in developing innovative high end multimedia mobile phones. We look forward to Samsung extending the choice of Symbian OS phones available to customers worldwide. With Samsung as a licensee, Symbian OS further strengthens its position as the industry standard operating system. Manufacturers representing over 80% of the mobile phone market are now Symbian OS licensees."
Hmmm... Now I wonder what we will see finally in the market coming from Samsung. As reported by my fellow MVP Jason, over from Pocket PC Thoughts, Samsung also received the FCC approval for their Smartphone 2002 based mobile phone and now this announcement. And personally I don't believe that it is a good idea to go with two different OS.
Cheers ~ Arne
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