Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 devices being strongly considered
It’s been a while since we last had the chance of holding (testing, using, etc.) a Samsung-made Windows Phone. The South Korean manufacturer is comfortably leading the pack when it comes to smartphones powered by Google’s mobile operating system, Android, but, according to recent reports, Samsung might be considering a comeback in the Windows Phone game.
According to the Korea Times’ unnamed sources, we can expect to see some Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 devices soon; these phone would allegedly be mid-rangers or lower-end devices being aimed at the cheaper, low-cost segment. The publication cites “an official directly involved”, who claims that “Samsung has run pilot programs on the stability of Windows 8.1 software on devices. It is interested in promoting Windows mobiles”.
Such a move would allow Samsung some breathing room, with an alternative option to Google’s Android, from which it wants to be less dependent; however, this specific step would be taken if legal matters between Microsoft and Samsung would be settled. “If the companies settle their litigation, then Samsung will manufacture handsets powered by the Microsoft-developed mobile platform. The timing could be the third quarter of this year at the earliest”, claims the same official.
As a reminder, Microsoft and Samsung are playing the legal game: the South Koreans were supposed to help Microsoft by building Windows Phones and sharing information, while Microsoft should have, in return, ease up on royalties Samsung had to pay. Apparently, the two companies don’t see eye to eye on the matter.