Windows Phone 9 tests on Nokia & HTC, no Samsung
Under: Software, Windows OS
Date: March 14th, 2013
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were bringing news about the Windows Phone 8 operating system but it now appears that Microsoft is well on the way with Windows Phone 9 developments. Rather interestingly though an employee profile states that Windows Phone 9 is currently being tested on Nokia and HTC devices but there’s no specific mention of Samsung.
Regular readers may remember that not too long ago we told of an ad for a software development engineer to work on the next version of Windows Phone, which indicated that the next upgrade would be in time for this year’s holiday season. The new details come from the LinkedIn profile of a software test engineer for the Windows Phone Test Services team and says testing of Windows 9 OS (presumed to mean Windows Phone 9) is now underway on Nokia, HTC and also Qualcomm devices.
Samsung is not mentioned by name in the way that Nokia and HTC are although of course Samsung devices sometimes use Qualcomm components. It’s possible though that Microsoft equates Samsung too strongly with Android devices and therefore didn’t explicitly mention the company by name and also with Samsung developing its Tizen OS, maybe this is a sign of things to come.
It now appears that Windows Phone Blue refers to a project to rid Win 8/RT of bugs and glitches and as yet no features of Windows Phone 9 have been detailed. On another note it’s also reported that Microsoft has placed a job ad for a Bing Software Development Engineer, which specifically mentions the Windows 9 OS so we expect to see more references to both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 soon.
Of course we’ll be following further developments on this and will keep readers up-to-date. What are your thoughts on testing already taking place for Windows Phone 9? Do you think that Samsung not getting a mention means anything significant? Let us have your comments on this
The part of this post I will comment on is the no Samsung. So Samsung has #$%$ Apple, Nokia & Microsoft off. You know that Samsung has a separate division that makes parts for all these phones right. That is the biggest problem of all the competitors. Why Intel and some of these other companies cannot fill the gap, I do not know. I have also been in some chip makers facilities in Mannassas, Virginia and Near Richmond, Virginia Sandstone or some place like that surprised the hell out of me. I think this year or next will be the year that Microsoft & Apple are not FORCED to use, wait on and deal with Samsung.
Nokia has already dropped samsung as a glass supplier because they stole Nokias technology for that. Read below:
It has long been rumored that Apple is slowly trying to reduce its dependence on Samsung as a component supplier due to the high tensions between both companies over alleged patent infringements. However it looks like Apple isn’t the only company looking to move away from Samsung. According a report from Apple Insider, it seems that Nokia is looking to drop Samsung as their component supplier due to allegations of theft. These allegations are far from official and we have yet to hear from Nokia or Samsung about them, so as far as we’re concerned, they should be treated as rumors for now.
The report has suggested that Samsung has been stealing design ideas from Nokia. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such allegations of design theft, especially since one of Apple’s biggest issues with Samsung was how some of their smartphones and tablets greatly resembled their iPhone and iPad products. Quoting an inside source supposedly familiar with Nokia’s component orders from Samsung:
“The ‘firewall’ between component sales and smartphones [at Samsung] is about as sturdy as a pile of kimchee.” Noting that Samsung has “a record of getting orders for next-gen components, then canceling the orders. And then they show up in a Samsung phone. When you see a Samsung (certain specialized new design for) OLED phone as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.”