Samsung promises 'wonderful' Windows Phones are on the way

Samsung promises 'wonderful' Windows Phones are on the wayWe're just two weeks into 2012 and the big mobile players are already reaching deep into the bag of superlatives to talk up their latest creations.

First we had Sony Ericsson promising “something big” at CES, and now Samsung is saying we'll be seeing something “wonderful” over the next few months. It truly is a great time to be alive, isn't it?

It's already seen as a near certainty that the Samsung Galaxy S III will launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month – a phone that we fully expect will be both big and wonderful – but that's not what we're talking about here.

No, it's that plucky third ecosystem Windows Phone we're referring to, and the comment comes on the back of the disappointing news that Samsung has no plans to release its rather good Windows Phone Mango-flavoured Focus S outside the US, either with or without its 4G capability.

It's reasoned that with the Android-packing Galaxy S II having such a high profile here in Europe, the close resemblance of the Focus S would potentially muddy the waters and take sales away from the Galaxy S II and its successor the Galaxy S III.

However, French blog Professeur Thibault claims Samsung has promised several other Windows Phones for us European types, and that these “should be wonderful” (or "beautiful" if you fire the page through Google Translate).

Sounds good to us, and hopefully we'll find out more at Mobile World Congress. Samsung already has one Mango-powered handset on the market – the Omnia W pictured above – but it'll be interesting to see its next move now that Nokia has started to show its hand on the platform.

After all, Samsung may be going great guns with Android right now, but that's no reason to think it doesn't want the biggest piece of the WinPho pie too.

Via WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 13:02

That'd be the icing on the mango cake: while MS and Nokia spend record sums on the Lumia campaign, Samsung will probably just launch it's range, profit from Nokia's PR dollars, and outsell the Lumias 10:1...

Or maybe not.

Admin  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:14

I think Samsung might have their timing right on this. Nokia took the early hits with the **** early WP versions and now that WP is getting cleaned up Samsung can waltz in.

Let me say that WP is a genuine competitor no matter how much it's laughed at as the third ecosystem. It feels fresh and unique - something you could never say about Android. If you're sick of the typical iOS/Android layout then it's a compelling OS. Good hardware plus good apps combined with iOS fatigue and MS is back in the game.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:22

I think Samsung might have their timing right on this. Nokia took the early hits with the **** early WP versions and now that WP is getting cleaned up Samsung can waltz in.

Nokia have only been making WP7 (technically WP7.5 Mango) devices since late 2011, Samsung released the Omnia 7 in October 2010, with the launch of WP7 (the original version) itself.


Good hardware

Interesting...single core processors, 480x800 screens, no removable storage, no 1080p from the cameras.


iOS fatigue

Not happening. Apple have a cult following that M$ will never be able to replicate. I don't know why it's true, but it is.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:23

I think Samsung might have their timing right on this. Nokia took the early hits with the **** early WP versions and now that WP is getting cleaned up Samsung can waltz in.

Let me say that WP is a genuine competitor no matter how much it's laughed at as the third ecosystem. It feels fresh and unique - something you could never say about Android. If you're sick of the typical iOS/Android layout then it's a compelling OS. Good hardware plus good apps combined with iOS fatigue and MS is back in the game.


I disagree.
Yes, when one gets tired of Android or iOS anything fresh and new will serve as a change of scenery, but I do not see anything in WP to make me, to stretch the holiday metaphor, wanna stay.

However, I wasn't impressed by Android in 2009. either (and I still
don't think it's a mature product. Like all of Google's produce it seems forever-in-Beta :) ).

But at the end of the geeky day it is about taste and preferences.
And there is some nice WP hardware out there.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:25

I think Samsung might have their timing right on this. Nokia took the early hits with the **** early WP versions and now that WP is getting cleaned up Samsung can waltz in.

Let me say that WP is a genuine competitor no matter how much it's laughed at as the third ecosystem. It feels fresh and unique - something you could never say about Android. If you're sick of the typical iOS/Android layout then it's a compelling OS. Good hardware plus good apps combined with iOS fatigue and MS is back in the game.


I disagree.
Yes, when one gets tired of Android or iOS anything fresh and new will serve as a change of scenery, but I do not see anything in WP to make me, to stretch the holiday metaphor, wanna stay.

However, I wasn't impressed by Android in 2009. either (and I still
don't think it's a mature product. Like all of Google's produce it seems forever-in-Beta :) ).

But at the end of the geeky day it is about taste and preferences.
And there is some nice WP hardware out there.


But I do agree about the "timing" for Samsung - as I said above: they can profit from the free hype generated by Nokia/MS's Blitzkrieg - even if Nokia ultimately fail, they certainly made the Metro-UI known to the world and its Hello-reading nanny.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:26

Sorry, No idea why I quoted my own post rather than just edit it. Hello, devs... ;)

Admin  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:57

Good hardware

Interesting...single core processors, 480x800 screens, no removable storage, no 1080p from the cameras.


I didn't mean there is currently good hardware - I meant once there is good hardware with WP.

Apple have a cult following

No they don't. It's a mainstream+cult following. When my dad is using an iPhone that is not a cult heh. The cult users will always stick for sure but that is a small part of the whole market. I meant iOS in the broader sense though - as in including Android which is (I do like Android btw) basically an iOS copy in layout and framework.

Admin  Jan. 15, 2012 at 16:59

Yes, when one gets tired of Android or iOS anything fresh and new will serve as a change of scenery

Exactly. That's why I think the timing is right. Android and iOS are boring. Show someone your WP doing transitions and all that eye candy and you've got something different than anyone else.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 17:28

Yes, when one gets tired of Android or iOS anything fresh and new will serve as a change of scenery

Exactly. That's why I think the timing is right. Android and iOS are boring. Show someone your WP doing transitions and all that eye candy and you've got something different than anyone else.


https://lh5.ggpht.com/u9b4EB0F1wzancwTQb2vL64WsjLNMz6Rkx0YGHcwoKQerFazG-aBO_grtFBDxDjo1w=h230

Launcher 7 for Android :p

Treab  Jan. 15, 2012 at 21:30

and it still looks boring jan...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 23:56

and it still looks boring jan...

It can't be when it's on Android, can it? :p

Treab  Jan. 16, 2012 at 00:40

and it still looks boring jan...

It can't be when it's on Android, can it? :p


it can you proved it oO

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 07:47

It's troll time ;)

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