Samsung has officially renewed its Palm OS license with PalmSource and commited to the development of further smartphone products. The South Korean consumer electronics giant currently uses the Palm OS in the i300, i330 and i500 CDMA smartphones.
Samsung also licenses operating system technology from Microsoft and Symbian. It has developed two versions of its i330 product, one of which uses the Palm OS and the other Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. It is also working on a Series 60 Symbian smartphone using interface technology licensed from Nokia.
Samsung is currently engaged on a nationwide promotional tour of the US, demonstrating everything from smartphones to widescreen televisions.
Samsung is unique in doing business with all three of the major smartphone OS vendors – Microsoft, Palm and Symbian. This agnostic approach has served it well to-date – quite simply, it is building products which meet real customer needs, using whatever technology seems appropriate at the time. No surprise that it is the fasest growing handset vendor in the world.
PMN suspects a segmentation will start to emerge, with Samsung using Symbian for its high volume camera phone products, Palm OS for more data-centric wireless handhelds and the Microsoft OS in corporate and industrial wireless terminals. Regardless of these technology choices, PMN sees the South Korean manufacturer vying with Motorola for the number two spot in the handset league within 18 months.
Originally published by PMN Mobile Industry Intelligence, the subscription-based analysis and insight platform founded by Marek Pawlowski.