Report: Samsung testing Windows Phone 8.1 for new 2015 handsets

Report: Samsung testing Windows Phone 8.1 for new 2015 handsets
A report out of Korea on Monday (due to the difference in time, the work week has already started in the country), says that Samsung is currently in the process of testing the stability of Windows Phone 8.1 in order to release cheaper Windows Phone powered handsets in 2015. According to an unnamed Samsung official working on the project, "Samsung has run pilot programs on the stability of Windows 8.1 software on devices. It is interested in promoting Windows mobiles."

The last Windows Phone produced by Sammy was the Verizon exclusive Samsung ATIV SE, which offered flagship specs for Windows Phone fans. But that phone was released last April. What is holding up the next Samsung built Windows Phone model is litigation between Microsoft and the manufacturer over royalties. Last October, Microsoft sued Samsung for $6.9 million. The software giant claimed that Samsung owed them this amount in interest, because it was late paying $1 billion in royalties. Microsoft receives a royalty from Samsung for every Android flavored device it produces. Both firms signed a contract in 2011 agreeing to the terms. Samsung claims that paying Microsoft the royalties as agreed to in the signed contract, would violate anti-trust regulations following Microsoft's purchase of Nokia Devices and Services.

The anonymous Samsung official says the production of a new Samsung branded Windows Phone all depends on whether both companies can bury the hatchet and settle the suit. If that happens, the earliest we will see a new model would be the third quarter of this year.



source: KoreaTimes via Gizmodo

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28 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

An* unnamed.

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Good luck, Sammy. And wake up!

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Windows S4...

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

An s5 or s6 with WP. If marketed property and with its android counterparts, it could do well.

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't think Samsung is finding much success with mid to higher end Windows Phones, not that they've put much effort into it. But they'll always have Nokia/Microsoft to compete with in that segment, and Windows Phone users are very much into Nokia's handsets due to both software and hardware advantages. They might be able to make some gains in the low-end market though, where price and value are probably greater driving forces than loyalty or brand cachet.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nokia doesn't make Windows Phone handsets anymore. Call them what they are: Microsoft Lumias. From a personal perspective, I call them "worthless".

13. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yes, it is now Microsoft, but I don't believe the change of ownership from Nokia to Microsoft should greatly impact the loyalty of Nokia WP users. Unless, of course, they make changes that harm quality, design, or innovation in ways that would not be in line with Nokia's trajectory in regard to WP handsets.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Wasted breath bro, CJP knows no actual commen sense. I find worth in every windowsphone i have, when a customer comes in with a virus, popup, or other crapware thing that is causing playstore to stop, .com errors, settings errors, and the list is endless. My job title is to literally exchange phones all day, and the number one headache is Android. It has been weeks since my last WP exchange, and i take their issues daily to (usually user error or how do i...questions). To this day if i ever left wp, i fear i would go with iOS (and i hate apple). I still own multiple Androids, currently just bought a z3 after i gave up my note 3. It wont replace my 930, but i like having the other OS's around.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

WP trolls words about how Android suck! ring into a hollow chamber! Everyone has left the room.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You r just a fanboy, android is not that bad as u r trying to potray..

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh i know it isnt as bad, then again i know not to look at that webpage that is gonna get me a fbi virus lock either. I also own androids, have to as part of my job. I also just bought a personal Z3. So despite the flaws i do enjoy using it. But calling me a fanboy because i see and dont care to deal with its flaws and go to a competing platform that hasnt once done a few things the droid has is not a fanboy, its common sense. Again, it is my job to see the bad of android daily, not the good, i have to deal with it daily. 30+ times a day. Of those at least 10+ are device exchanges of which more than half are software crashes and .com errors. Daily. I alone am responsible for nearly 1,000 exchanges of androids in one year alone. I have in one year, exchanged 2 windows phones for software errors. Both were the insert cd error. Recounting i would probably do a more conservative estimate at about 700 last year in androids alone.

25. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

So where do you find these mysterious errors..lol... I have been using across l android for 3 years...and has no error what so ever...and my friends come to me if they have any problem in anroid...most of the problem comes because these guys download malware from websites....no problems if you stick with play store and other authorized sources...

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I agree. However, my job is to exchange devices, bad devices that a master reset doesnt fix. My own note 3 went through 3 exchanges, .com error, crashing (with no apps installed and safe mode crashes) and the last one was hardware. The 4th one was no problem at all. My droid razr M, had to be master reset 4 times before the google process and settings error would go away, it still currently crashes, but not as bad and is delegated as a airplane mode, camera snapper for a 3yr old (no apps installed). Again my job is to literally master reset, run tests, simple tests at that, and if they fail they get exchanged. A customer does not want to deal with 4 master resets in a week, in hopes that bug doesnt return. So far the z3 has gone off without a hitch, and enough so that i bought me one. So no i dont hate android. No these are not mysterious devices. They are customers with real problems that resets do not fix. My favorite to date...sd card wiping, love pissy customers that come in, say their phone turned off on its own, master reset and the sd card is wiped clean and no longer even readable. I take sd card out, works fine in a pc, no sd card works in phone (most likely hardware), but as i play with the phone, it restarts, and restarts. Happens tons. Just cause your 1 person, worked great, does not mean you speak for 50million users nor the 9,000+ customers i get to see a year (real number real stats of what i did last year). You honestly think out of 9,000, who are coming to me because they already have a problem that all of them are just people looking at porn?! I have a bridge to sell you.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I own about 20 over android devices none has give me any problem. You must suck at your job having so many unsolvable problems.

21. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

there is nothing Nokia about it .. most of the great people who made lumia phones have already left.. there will be no Nokia like innovation anymore .. why should it be ? when the real Nokia is in the competition itself.. those who love nokia will join the real "Nokia" and they even laid off 12,500 employees out of 18,000 they transferred from Nokia.. other people like camera guru damian deming , Ari Partinen , lumia design head , pureview head left even before the deal was complete i don't think microsoft will harm quality or design but don't expect the "Nokia" like innovation in it.. they do have pureview patents so that will get them rolling for now

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

CorporateJP, You're a corporate troll.

32. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Live it up...you're a Microsoft shill. 3%, buddy. All us Nokia guys jumped off the ship before the rapegang boarded. The only people MS will be able to sell phones to are people in the jungle in developing countries that don't know what a smartphone is or who Microsoft are. Europe and North America already hate the diareah that is Microsoft. Good luck on that growth, pal...

33. Hashed unregistered

Dear Liveitup,, just let corporatejp be, let him live in his own world. can't you see how blind he is? even his thumbnail is offensive. He will troll every WP article for some attention. just ignore him. Have a nice day man.

34. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nobody would take your opinion on Microsoft seriously, you have a Windows logo for an avy. How quaint...

8. namanjain

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I think samsung should make windows phone version of note 4.

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That would be a nice phone.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Use your mind and you would know the truth about Samsung intention. Samsung is an ambitious company even as the most successful android 1st tiers vendor they want to go do their things. Tizen smartwatch anyone? Google has done a extraordinary manoeuvre to stall these ambition with the open source carrot. Getting every majors phone OEM under the same banners. Samsung will be damned if they help Microsoft be as successful again. I think Microsoft finally realised this therefore the lawsuit. Microsoft are a shewed company, please read below when immersion sue both Microsoft and Sony over rumble technology use by both Xbox360 and PS3. Microsoft pay $26 millions for immersion to settle provided immersion do not settle with Sony. If they do immersion need to refund the money. *hand clapping* Microsoft is indeed a master in ligation! http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/2007/06/18/microsoft-sues-immersion-over-sony-agreement/

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Meh just use Intel and sell real windows with a phone app.

14. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's what I'm hoping happens with some Windows 10 phone. I want a phone I can carry around and then dock at my desk to become my basic workstation (internet, Office, media). Not that it'll replace my self-built desktop PC, but it would be the ultimate next step in mobility. I know Ubuntu was trying this too, but not sure where that went...

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I agree, though i could care less if i can install .exe apps. But it would be fun as hell if i could run MechWarrior Commander (1 or 2) on my phone. Given the source is free i hope someone with coding conversion skills beyond me one day emulates it for devices.

16. dan986 unregistered

With split-screen multitasking from Windows RT most likely appearing in Windows 10, this would be great. Although I'd love to see it on Note 5 (released with both Android and Windows 10 at the same time). While I "dream" about Lumia 1040 ...

15. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

With the release of Intel M processors I believe windows hybrid tablets will be very popular. The popularity of windows tablets will also increase the demand for windows phones. Many people have bought an iPhone just because they had an iPad.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

What they need to start doing is bundle. Buy a 8in tablet get a 635 etc for free or for half cost etc. Even if those freebies are sold online, that means they are in someones hands. Thats all wp needs, is to be in hands. The rest comes later.

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