Samsung, the world’s third largest mobile phone manufacturer, has signed an agreement to license Symbian’s OS for use in its smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks world-wide.
Samsung’s first Symbian OS product will be a global data-enabled phone using the Series 60 user interface which Samsung has licensed from Nokia.
According to Symbian, the world’s top five mobile phone manufacturers are now Symbian OS licensees and, in total, Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of world-wide mobile phone sales, as at Q2 2002.
According to Reuters reports, the news comes just as Orange is set to release its new handset – codenamed ‘Canary’ – using Microsoft’s wireless software.
French-owned mobile operator Orange will launch a colour-screen handset in Britain tomorrow which will be one of the first to use Microsoft Windows Smartphone software, Reuters said.