Microsoft has announced that its apps will soon be pre-installed on more Samsung mobile devices, an expansion of a deal last month that put Microsoft’s apps on Samsung’s flagship smartphones.
The move is a clear swipe at Google — the Microsoft apps involved in the deal serve as replacements for Google’s software that come preloaded on Samsung’s Android-powered devices. Samsung has recently made it easier for its users to delete apps that come pre-installed on its phones, leaving users to decide which apps they prefer for functions like a calendar or email.
Microsoft also announced similar partnerships in several countries outside the U.S. market.
From Microsoft’s blog:
Microsoft has essentially ceded the mobile operating system market to Google and Apple — a recent report showed that more than 96% of all smartphone users are running either Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS software.
Microsoft posted quarterly earnings of $0.71 per share and revenue of $26.47 billion in January, meeting expectations.