Samsung gives up on Symbian

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Samsung has confirmed plans to move away from the Symbian OS in favour of Android and its own Bada platform.

In an email sent out to its developers, and in a posting on its developer forums, the Korean mobile phone giant announced that it will no longer support developers who wish to develop applications for its Symbian phones.

This is hardly a surprising move given Samsung's success with Android-powered smartphones, such as the Galaxy S, the development of its own in-house Bada operating system and the recent announcement that Samsung would produce one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets. It also makes Nokia the last major mobile phone manufacturer still making new phones using the Symbian operating system.