Samsung wants to reduce its reliance on Google's Android operating system, as already shown by its smart TV showcase at CES 2015, which all run Tizen. Now the company wants to release more Windows-powered phones, by taking advantage of the new licensing for devices under 9 inches.
The South Korean giant currently offers two Windows phones, the Ativ S and the Ativ SE. A Samsung representative told the Korea Times, "Samsung has run pilot programs on the stability of Windows 8.1 software on devices. It is interested in promoting Windows mobiles."
This is great news for Microsoft, as Samsung is more appreciated than Apple for its mobile offerings, but the South Korean giant wants the legal issues sorted out first. According to the Samsung official, if the two companies can settle their litigation, then the company can start manufacturing Windows Phone handsets as early as the third quarter.
It's not clear whether Samsung intends to just outfit some of its upcoming phones with Windows the same way HTC does with their One M8, or build dedicated devices, but according to their statement, they are looking to make low-to-mid range phones.
Windows Phone market share worldwide is dwindling, so if the two companies resolve their legal disputes, fans of the mobile platform will have a wider variety of devices to choose from for their next purchase. The question is, will the Samsung offering be good enough to spur sales?
Source: The Korea Times
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