Windows Phone is not a priority for Samsung

Detwiler Fenton analyst Jeff Johnston may be playing footsie with Microsoft to slow the adoption of Windows Phone 8, as John Paczkowski of All Things D reports today. While Samsung had dipped its toes in the Windows Phone waters with the lackluster Ativ Odyssey, the South Korean manufacturer has done little to push the device and even less to expand its portfolio of Windows Phone gadgets. That leads Johnston to believe that “Samsung may be intentionally gobbling up Microsoft’s smartphone resources as a strategic move to impede the adoption of Windows Phone 8.”
As Paczkowski notes, Samsung’s objective may be to slow the competition to create an opening for its own Tizen platform, which is likely to come to market in the next several months. Additionally, Samsung is moving aggressively to expand its Android business by targeting the enterprise with high-end devices and services and by adding many more Android offerings to its existing app store. Given those ambitious moves, it wouldn’t be a shock if Samsung wanted to be a speed bump for Windows Phone — and it might actually be a clever strategy.