Samsung have become the latest company to drop support of the Symbian mobile platform from their future handsets.
Samsung become the second manufacturer in as many weeks to announce they are to halt work on phones using the open source OS, following Sony Ericsson’s announcement that they are to focus almost solely on Android handsets in the future. Work on Symbian-packing Samsung phones will halt by the end of the year.
As well as Android handsets, Samsung will also be pushing out phones based on their own Bada smartphone platform in the future, though there is no indication yet that they will be leaving the Symbian Foundation outright.
Nokia are now the only major mobile manufacturer still behind the Symbian platform, aiming to ship some 50 million handsets using the software, with the latest Symbian^4 build expected to renew interest in the open source OS.