Samsung officially threw its support behind Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, even though Microsoft had previously named the South Korean handset maker as one of its partners.
Samsung plans to release several Windows Phone 7 devices this year, and is enthusiastic about the operating system, which Microsoft hopes can revive its standing in the mobile market. The platform is a complete revamp from Microsoft's previous Windows Mobile efforts, and its launch is being closely watched--especially after Microsoft's ill-fated Kin social networking phone project collapsed earlier this year.
"The addition of Windows Phone 7 devices to Samsung's smartphone portfolio is a significant milestone," Simon Stanford, head of mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland, said in a statement. "Samsung's new Windows Phone 7-based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung's leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms."
Several of Samsung's Windows devices have leaked on the Web already, including one that is code-named the Cetus and another dubbed the i8700. The i8700 is rumored to have a 1 GHz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 8 GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera.
HTC and LG also have emerged as strong supporters of the platform, which Microsoft has said will only be available to GSM carriers at launch. Sony Ericsson also has been touted as a Windows Phone partner, though the company said it is not actively building a device right now. Microsoft has been rumored to be readying the operating system for a commercial launch in October.
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