Samsung said that it had committed to Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, planning to release "several" devices in the US, Europe, and Asia by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal indicated that the first Samsung WP7 phone would be released on AT&T on October 11, citing sources.
The Korean phone manufacturer's announcement coincides with its phasing out of Nokia's Symbian platform. Developers registered with the company received an e-mail this week alerting them that Samsung planned to drop support completely for the platform, yet another blow to the now aging OS.
While Symbian holds a little under half of the market share for smartphones sold worldwide, much of its success has to do with the fact that Nokia has been able to convince its competitors to use its platform. Losing a major manufacturer like Samsung is sure to speed its decline.
"Samsung's new WinP7 based smartphones will play a key role to reinforce Samsung's leadership in [the] smartphone market," Samsung product strategy chief WP Wong said in a statement.