Yes, Samsung has divorced symbian. Samsung had already dropped strong hints they would not support this generation of Symbian smartphones, and has now confirmed the news, far behind a similar announcement from Sony Ericsson, and in the same week that the Korean giant said it would launch Windows Phone 7 phones before the end of the year
Last week Sony Ericsson was also reported to stop developing smartphones powered by Symbian OS.
Nokia, which is still the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, is now the only top-tier handset manufacturer supporting Symbian operating system.
Like his Korean compatriot LG, Samsung will now focus all its efforts in the emerging smartphone market based on the relatively new Android and WP7, leaving Nokia (and other Japanese vendors) as supporters of the open source Symbian reworked ^ 3. Samsung is also investing heavily in its home grown platform, Bada.
Samsung said it would stop supporting Symbian at the end of this year, in a note on the website of its development program, Samsung Mobile Innovator. Innovator said " we will leave your Symbian support service on December 31, 2010 .... Registration and certification of Symbian applications for warehouse applications Samsung will cease."
This was not a surprise for most tecnobloggers, given that Samsung VP recently said they saw little current demand for Symbian. Despite reports that the Korean vendor Nokia N8 pip to the post with the first release of Symbian ^ 3, has not submitted a device for the operating system since February.
Next up for Samsung? Windows Phone 7. The company today announced the completion of an agreement for a long term commitment to use the Windows Phone 7 platform and related application software as a key component of its smartphone portfolio. Samsung says it plans to launch several models based on Windows Phone 7 this year in the USA, Europe,Australia and Asia.
The company has traditionally relied on almost all operating systems on the market, but recently has been shifting its focus from scattered development in favor of reducing and prioritizing their efforts around a core platform. Bada is positioned to the middle market for phones that are more tightly controlled by Samsung Android models, providing successors to its traditional line of high-profile plans, but closed the mobile media.
Samsung, like Sony Ericsson, remains a member of the Symbian Foundation and knowledgeable said it would keep a watching brief on the operating system and reintroduce to the widespread demand to justify it. However, for now, the platform is based almost entirely on Nokia - no doubt a great advantage, given its 45% of the smartphone market, but otherwise in the uncomfortable position of webOS, open source Android. Reducing the perception of control of Symbian, Nokia, which could deter rival support was a key objective of Finnish provider of the platform acquisition and then put in a base of open source.
However, Nokia is expected to be about 50 Symbian phones in the next 12 months and Symbian ^ 4 will improve the user experience and further developed next year.Let's see who wins these smartphone wars. We wish Android and Bada all the luck!