Microsoft announced 9 new Windows Phone hardware partners
Microsoft today announced nine new hardware partners in addition to Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei. All existing and new manufacturers will have direct access to improved tools and hardware support through a brand new portal designed to minimize development costs and speed up the commercialization process.
Microsoft is now working with Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Foxconn, Xolo, Karbonn, JSR, Gionee and Longcheer on new Windows Phone devices, ranging from low-end to high-end models. With the new hardware partners, Microsoft hopes to accelerate growth in key markets through offering broader range of devices.
Windows Phone now supports Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors, which will give manufacturers more flexibility to design smartphones that meets specific regions and segment needs. In addition, Microsoft expands hardware support for different cellular technologies including TD-SCMA, HSPA+, EVDO and LTE (FDD/TDD). Virtual keys and Dual SIM support have also been added, making the platform suitable for emerging markets (Asia) and large screen devices (phablets).
New Windows Phone hardware partner portal grants all manufacturers direct access to content, tools and kits in order to learn and start the development process on the platform. Future manufacturers will be able to customize their devices within the high-quality Windows Phone standards.
At present, it is not clear when we will see new handsets coming to the market. According to Microsoft, it’s all in the hands of the phone makers to announce them.