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Rafe 22-10-2002 12:43 PM

Samsung liscenses Symbian OS
Following on from the liscensing of Series 60 Samsung has confirmed its comittment to the Symbian OS by formally announcing it is liscensing the OS. This means the top 5 phone manufacturers in the world have now liscensed the OS.

The first Samsung Symbian OS device to appear is expected to be a Series 60 device, although rumours of a UIQ device persist. The Series 60 device looks to be one of the 14 new devices from 8 different manufacturers.

Full Press Release:
Samsung licenses Symbian OS for smartphones
World's top five mobile phone manufacturers now Symbian OS licensees
London, UK - 21st October 2002 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Symbian Ltd announce today that Samsung, the world's third largest mobile phone manufacturer,(1) has signed an agreement to license Symbian OS for use in its smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.

Samsung's first Symbian OS product will be a global data-enabled phone using the Series 60 user interface which Samsung has licensed from Nokia. The world's top five mobile phone manufacturers are now Symbian OS licensees. In total Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales, as at Q2 2002.(1)

Samsung selected Symbian OS on the basis of both market and technical merits. Symbian OS's advanced, open technology will enable Samsung to develop and bring smartphones to market rapidly. The growing market for Symbian OS products will enable Samsung to benefit from developers creating third party applications and services for Symbian OS phones.

Byung Duck Cho, Senior Vice President, Wireless Handsets, Samsung said: "Symbian has demonstrated its ability to deliver leading edge technology, stimulate product innovation and work closely with its licensees to ship industry-leading smartphones. We look forward to delivering open Symbian OS phones to global markets. The flexibility of the technology will allow us to produce innovative products with multi-media capabilities that provide a compelling experience for mobile users."

David Levin, Chief Executive, Symbian Ltd., said: "We are delighted to welcome Samsung as a Symbian OS licensee. Samsung is a leading developer of CDMA and GSM mobile phones for key Asian and other worldwide markets, with extensive experience in developing innovative high end multimedia mobile phones. We look forward to Samsung extending the choice of Symbian OS phones available to customers worldwide. With Samsung as a licensee, Symbian OS further strengthens its position as the industry standard operating system. Manufacturers representing over 80% of the mobile phone market are now Symbian OS licensees."

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.

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About Symbian

Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the de facto industry standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's top handset manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales.

Symbian's mission is to create a mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling Symbian OS licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the SonyEricsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 7650 and 3650.

For more information Symbian's website can be found at

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