In an unprecedented move, Samsung today announced that it would immediately stop production of it’s flagship Android phones, and will replace them with the latest Windows 10 operating system. This includes an immediate halt to worldwide sales of the recently introduced Galaxy S7 smartphone, and current devices will be automatically updated by midnight, tonight.
“For years, we’ve been at war with Google to build a stable OS that provided the robust features that our users want,” said Min-jun Chou, Senior Engineer at Samsung in a statement. “By switching to Windows, we can now give people devices that are compatible with their existing computing ecosystems – providing greater connectivity, stability and flexibility to everything they already use.”
As more people are using smartphones for work, the move compliments the original design of Windows 10. The OS was created to make all applications and data shareable between laptops, tablets and smartphones through the cloud-based One Drive storage solution. This allows people to continue working on projects in similar environments, without having to convert them into Google Docs and worry about formatting issues. Microsoft also built in the Siri-like Cortana personal assistant to help schedule meetings and read emails.
“Very few people have free time anymore, so features like high quality cameras, 4K video streaming or easy social connectivity have essentially been rendered useless,” said Gavin Schneeman, business analyst for Microsoft’s mobile unit. “Having a partner like Samsung that understands the value of constant connection to work is outstanding for productivity; lending it’s flagship name as the banner for the modern workforce.”
Windows 10 has recently become the fastest growing operating system in the world, with more than 270 million devices installed worldwide since its launch last July. The company is said to release a free anniversary update for the OS sometime later this summer.
Users may be able to opt-out of the update by visiting: www.samsung.com/aprilfools