Samsung is set to ditch the Symbian OS bringing with it a major blow for the operating system.

According to reports online, Samsung's senior VP Don Joo Lee has confirmed that it will dismiss Symbian from its smartphones.

Phasing out the OS, the phone manufacturer is said to be opting for Windows Mobile and Android moving forward in 2010.

The OS has struggled in recent months to compete with a barrage of new operating systems for mobile phones such as webOS from Palm and Android from Google.

The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement from Samsung of its own open mobile platform - Samsung bada. With an SDK due to be available in December the first bada-powered mobile phones are expected in the first half of 2010.

UPDATE: Samsung has denied it is to ditch Symbian.