Thursday Samsung’s UK branch officially announced an agreement to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform on upcoming devices slated for Europe, the US, and Asia this year. While no specific models were announced, the company said that it commitment to the Windows Phone 7 platform was "long-term."
"For years, Samsung has been a key partner in bringing new Windows phones to customers all over the world," said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division at Microsoft. "Windows Phone 7 is an important release and we look forward to deepening our collaboration with Samsung on mobile devices and beyond, with our multi-screen strategy."
The news marks a change in focus for the world’s second-largest cellphone manufacturer. Earlier this month Samsung said that it would use Google’s Android as a key operating system along with its internally developed bada platform.
"We are prioritizing our Android platform. Android is very open and flexible, and there is a consumer demand for it," YH Lee, head of marketing at Samsung Mobile, told Reuters in an interview.
At the time of the statement, Samsung had just revealed its Android-powered tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However the company also said that it would introduce a smartphone running Windows Phone 7 later this year. Now it seems that the company plans to manufacture more than just one WP7 device.
Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows Phone 7 devices running on AT&T’s network this October 11th.