Is Samsung Ready to Leave Android?
Samsung is getting a lot of buzz for being the first company to unveil a Windows Phone 8 device, beating the mobile OS' flagship manufacturer, Nokia (NYSE: NOK), by roughly one week. Is this a sign of things to come for Samsung? Or will the company stand by Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) beloved operating system?
Not likely. Samsung makes too much money with Android to leave the platform behind. That said, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has yet to sue Samsung for building Windows Phone 7 devices. It did, however, sue Samsung for developing a multitude of Android devices. In the United States, those lawsuits have already cost Samsung more than $1 billion.
By developing for Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) platform -- which appears to be free of patent disputes with Apple and other tech companies -- Google might have a reason to be concerned. If the Windows Phone 8 devices prove to be big sellers, Samsung will have fewer reasons to develop for Android. In time, the company's biggest and most important phones could move to the Windows Phone platform. If that happens, the entire market is likely to shift.
Again, this is not likely to happen any time soon. Samsung is still a big supporter of Android. In fact, without the Galaxy Note 2 (an Android-based phone), Samsung would not have any hope of undercutting the iPhone 5's unveiling. Without Android, Samsung would not have beaten Apple's smartphone sales figures by more than 20 million units. And without Android, Samsung could not have sold a ton of smartphones after losing a silly lawsuit.
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