Korean Times reports this:
In a move to cut reliance on Google’s Android mobile operating system, Samsung Electronics is considering releasing cheaper handsets running on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 platform, sources said Sunday.
“Samsung has run pilot programs on the stability of Windows 8.1 software on devices. It is interested in promoting Windows mobiles,” said an official directly involved.
Apparently, the legal squabbles between Microsoft and Samsung is the current spanner in the wheel of this happening, and if resolved, consumers may get to see Samsung smartphones running Windows Phone OS this year. Samsung dragged Microsoft to anti-trust authorities in Korea, China and the U.S. after Microsoft’s recent takeover of Nokia’s phone business, because it would make Microsoft a direct competitor in the hardware segment.
However, we are not sure how much cutting of reliance on Android making a few Windows Phone devices would make happen. In the past, Samsung has produced a few such devices. We do not envisage the Korean brand rushing to the market with a deluge of Windows Phone devices. At best, we will see a small handful.