Samsung Makes Windows Phone 8 Public

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics became the first handset maker to announce a smartphone using Microsoft’s latest mobile software, making its surprise, hurried announcement just days before the highly anticipated launch of Nokia’s version.

The brief announcement on Wednesday at a Berlin electronics show comes amid expectations that smartphone makers may turn increasingly to Windows devices after a U.S. jury decided many of Samsung’s Google (NSQ:GOOG – News) Android-based phones infringed Apple Inc (NSQ:AAPL – News) patents.

“It looks like a good phone, and seems like a pre-emptive announcement ahead of Nokia,” said Sid Parakh, an analyst at investment firm McAdams Wright Ragen, of the Samsung phone.

“Microsoft or Windows never got their best teams, never got their best designs, just because Android was doing so well. With the change in the legal environment, there’s a case to be made that Samsung will likely shift some of those resources to broaden out or diversify their own exposure.”

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