Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration
All over by Christmas?
The South Korean giant said is plans to launch "several" Windows Phone 7 devices this year globally.
Microsoft was, of course, on hand to cheer Samsung along as the handset firm reached this "significant millstone" - sorry, "milestone".
Samsung clearly needed 'encouragement'. Last month, one of its executives said it would focus on Android and Bada as its smartphones OSes of choice.
There is no demand for Symbian, Y H Lee, the marketing chief at Samsung's mobile phone division, said before noting that Windows Phone has only "professional, specialised demand".
Microsoft is expected to formally launch Windows Phone 7 on 11 October. ®
Looking forward to it
Looking foward to WP7 to give it a spin. The more competition in the mobile space the better for the consumer.
Hopefully Nokia will also get itself out the rutt, and HP can rejuvinate Palm, WebOS is a gem, the best mobile OS I have used so far (inc iOS / Android)
Don't want the mobile arena to turn in to a 2 horse race.
no copy and paste
People pointing out that the original iPhone also had some of the same limitations, are missing the point; that was over 3 years ago, and several generations of iOS have gone by since
At the time, if you wanted a smartphone that did touch and UI well, you had to put up with the limitations of the first gen iOS.
Its now late 2010, and MS are releasing into a world where the iPhone has been refined over the years, and there is a wide range of very good Android phones. It's not the same; it like in the 1970's you could release a new model car without airbags and ABS, but the market has moved on a lot so people expect much more.
When Apple released the iPhone, you didn't expect to be able to pick and choose tens of thousands of inexpensive applications and games to run on your phone; now I wouldn't buy a phone without being able to install the apps use; which pretty much narrows it down right now to iOS or Android.
So people will only have a choice between Apple and Google? WTF?
Perhaps less Apple users will make the switch. I can understand that such people have been exposed and affected by the Distortion Field.
As for Android users, I can see a lot of people switching:-
To the everyday consumer, there is no brand coherence and near zero brand recognition. You may have this with the phone manufacturer, e.g. HTC, which may create some form of brand loyalty, but as HTC will also sell WP7 the possibility is that the user will stick with HTC, but not the platform.
To the techie, well I can see a number of reasons why this type of individual may make the transition from Android to WP7:- Fragmentation caused by an Open system whereby manufacturers add bloatware to differentiate (but also affects performance) and also staggered, non unified updates.
WP7 also has some exclusive features that could tempt the dissatisfied:- Integrated XBox Live, Zune and MS Office. A unique and user-centric UI.
I don't understand why people don't want competition - you should be applauding MS for coming up with a decent effort to compete with iOS and Android.