Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Samsung's First Symbian Smartphones Powered By TI

Samsung Electronics is using Texas Instrument's OMAP platform and Bluetooth solutions for its first Symbian OS and Series 60-based smartphones, the SGH-D720 and SGH- D730.

The GSM/GPRS smartphones from Samsung will support feature-rich entertainment and productivity applications, including RealOne Player and Bluetooth multi-game and music maker. The phones will also feature a 1.3 megapixel camera with zoom, built-in flash, and camcorder functionality; MP3 Player; and Symbian Series 60 applications such as e-mail and synchronization via Bluetooth or SyncML.

The global smartphone market is currently experiencing rapid growth, with total shipments of Symbian OS smartphones in H1 2005 reaching the 14.5 million mark, up 191% from H1 2004 (source: Symbian Internal Data).

"Combined together, the Series 60 Platform, TI's OMAP platform and multimedia software, and Symbian OS form a powerful base for Samsung's SGH-D720 and SGH-D730 handsets, and further prove continued adoption of the Series 60 Platform," said Matti Vanska, Nokia's director of Mobile Software Sales and Marketing.