updated 11:05 am EST, Thu November 12, 2009
Samsung dropping Symbian not part of strategy
Just one day after Samsung's senior VP Don Joo said the electronics manufacturer will be dropping Symbian in favor of its bada mobile operating system developed in-house, the company has responded by denying this likelihood. According to a Thursday statement, Samsung says such a strategy is not in line with its smartphone plans. The company also stated it's an initial member of the Symbian Foundation and will continue to cooperate with the group, which also involves Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others.
The statement is otherwise fairly open-ended, however, adding that Samsung supports other operating systems, including Linux, Android and Windows Mobile. It also said its policy is to provide customers with what they want.
Clouds have nonetheless formed over Symbian as Nokia, the largest proponent of the operating system, has also been linked to dropping the OS in favor of Android for an upcoming smartphone. Such rumors remain unconfirmed, however.
Bada is said to be an open-source platform due to rival Android and LiMo operating systems. It will be based on universal standards and will even open up core features such as contacts and the dialer to developers. It is expected to come to Samsung phones sometime in 2011, though if at the cost of another OS is not entirely clear, due to the recent divergent reports from Samsung.