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Last night Samsung's focus was on its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, as the company ran through the specs and features of its new device on a stage in New York City. However, Android wasn't the only mobile operating system that was discussed by Samsung executives last night, as both Windows Phone and Tizen also came up during various interviews later in the evening.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, newly-appointed co-CEO of Samsung Electronics J.K. Shin revealed that his company's Windows-based phones and tablets aren't doing particularly well. When asked about Samsung's partnership with Microsoft and how it relates to Nokia's work with the Redmond firm, Shin responded by simply saying that both smartphones and tablets powered by Windows "aren't selling very well" and that the market prefers Android. The exec went on to add that Samsung is also seeing "lackluster demand" for Windows-powered hardware in Europe.

Samsung has released its fair share of Windows devices to date, including several Windows Phone products like the Focus, Focus S and ATIV S. We haven't really seen Samsung heavily pushing its newest Windows products, though, with the company opting not to sell the ATIV Tab in the U.S. and remaining silent on any U.S. debut for the ATIV S as well. Samsung did recently launch the ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone 8 device on Verizon, but there doesn't seem to be much marketing for that product happening. Now it seems we know why Samsung appears to have a lack of enthusiasm about its Windows hardware lately, as it feels that those products aren't doing well with customers, so it would rather focus is efforts of other mobile OSes.

Speaking of other OSes, Android also came up briefly during Shin's interview with the WSJ. Shin was asked if Samsung's relationship with Google has changed as his company's success with Android has grown, a question related to the recent rumors that Google is concerned with Samsung's dominance of its mobile platform. Shin denied any friction with Google, saying that Samsung still likes Android and that it intends to keep up its "good relations" with the company. Shin also revealed that Samsung has now sold 50 million Galaxy S III units since the phone's launch in 2012. That figure is a jump from the 30 million sales stat that Samsung shared back in November 2012.

Finally, we've got Tizen. Samsung has been a big backer of Tizen, and the company has previously promised to bring Tizen-powered smartphones to market in 2013. Now we've got a bit more information on one device thanks to Shin and another Samsung exec. In his interview with the WSJ, Shin said that Samsung plans to launch its first Tizen smartphone in the third quarter of 2013. Lee Young Hee, EVP of Samsung's mobile division, offered a bit more detail on the device in an interview with Bloomberg, saying that Samsung is planning to introduce a high-end Tizen smartphone in August or September of this year. Lee went on to promise that the phone "will be the best product equipped with the best specifications." 

Via Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Bloomberg


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"Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin recently revealed that the Galaxy S III has now sold over 50 million units since its launch last year. How many of you have contributed to that stat by purchasing a Galaxy S III?"


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Don Brewer
Don Brewer I switched from Android to WinPhone about a year ago and now have just upgraded to Lumia 920.
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores Me
Bo Abe Vorachack
Bo Abe Vorachack I got note 2 cause of the bigger screen
Marwan Ahmed
Marwan Ahmed Not me i have a Nokia lumia 920
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles I did but I ended up giving it to my wife any buying a note 2 . I was really disappointed in the s4 so ill probably wait for the note 3 .
Kenneth Li
Kenneth Li any how many htc garbage have been sold? haha
Miles Justin McNairy
Miles Justin McNairy I like Galaxy S3 and S4, but I'm waiting on Note 3. I used to own original Note and love it then, now loving my Note 2!
Dee Nazario
Dee Nazario Both my parents are rocking the S3's and my bro has the S2. Me? never did and never will be. Its Nexus or nothing.
Zamir Yusof
Zamir Yusof because people already got used to cheap, laggy phone that samsung offer (galaxy y), it's hard to persuade them to move to wp
Azizul Hakim
Azizul Hakim my mother...
Carlos Rodriguez
Carlos Rodriguez My wife and I got one and we love it..
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Dell venue pro here
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Lumia 920 here,
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling http://www.phonearena.com/news/U.K.-retailer-sees-40-more-pre-registrations-for-the-Samsung-Galaxy-S-4-than-the-Galaxy-S-III_id40894
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling Hey Michael,jus so you know the UK has reports of retailers showing a 40%increase in preorders for the SIV compared to the SIII so you can shove that up your ass whenever youre comfortable with it :)
Sky Baun
Sky Baun 32 gig wearing white here
Dogge Jansson
Dogge Jansson I have! :-)
Michael Anthony Tollan
Michael Anthony Tollan No it wont reach the figures of the S3 fr sure ,and that dumb ass presentation is not making it any better for sales ,the worst I have ever seen , I am waiting for the Note 3 to kick some serious ass ...
Marcus Samual Winchester
Marcus Samual Winchester own an s3 and love it, but the S4 isnt doing it for me. all it appears to be is a hardware refresh with gimmicks all over.
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti yep i love my gs3 but i dont think the gs4 sales will reach that much.
Carlos Ochoa
Carlos Ochoa Galaxy S3+ CyanogenMod 10.1 = Perfect combo
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa I don't think it is going to repeat this year again.
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams Proud GS3 owner.
Jason Roets
Jason Roets I waited two months to buy the Note II. Yet Sam's Club had a customer appreciation sale in early November. They were selling it for 96 cents with no other fees. That was too good of a deal to pass up. If they offer the same deal this year I will upgrade to the S4
Michael Myers
Michael Myers Me!
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes I like the Galaxy S3, but I love my Galaxy Note 2!
Charles W. Y. Wong
Charles W. Y. Wong I prefer the note II
Jeh Woods
Jeh Woods Nexus 4 > Everything
Lordh Ozn
Lordh Ozn HTC One >>> GS4
Sedrich Noble
Sedrich Noble wish i could own one. Hahaha.
Camar Green
Camar Green I have an iPhone 5. Ill be getting a Samsung device by the end of the year
Mateus Luan Maciel
Mateus Luan Maciel Maybe that's because there's no advertising about Windows Phone.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis My friend bought an s3 the other day & just returned it because it was freezing & rebooting
Curtis Ritter
Curtis Ritter I have the s3
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling Not I.My SII is still perfectly functional thank you,and I honestly dont need all those ridiculous specs and gimmick features.Just because its new doesnt mean its good,and just because its good doesnt mean you have any actual need for it at all.
Rin Von Irisviel Einzbren
Rin Von Irisviel Einzbren I have 1 ~
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr not I still using my skyrocket gs3 wasnt enough for me. Still a good phone though




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