Windows Phone OEM Partners Still Evaluating The Nokia Deal

Windows Phone OEM Partners Still Evaluating The Nokia Deal

The bomb that Redmond dropped on late Monday saying that it plans to acquire Nokia’s smartphone hardware business has left the technology world in a state of wondering.

Technology companies in general, and Microsoft hardware partners in particular, are speculating what the deal might mean for the future, at least on the mobile front. The list of Windows Phone OEM partners was already small, but with Nokia out of the group only three are left in the room.

Samsung, HTC and Huawei — all three are yet to comment officially on the matter.

An HTC spokesperson did reply to an email query that the company is assessing the situation and has no comment at this time. And AllThingsD received an even simpler reply from Samsung in which the Korean technology titan declined to comment.

While sales numbers may sometimes say otherwise, HTC was perhaps the most supportive of the Windows Phone OEMs, this side of Nokia. The Taiwanese company launched a number of smartphones powered by Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

The list includes three devices for Windows Phone 8 — the HTC 8S, the HTC 8X and the HTC 8XT. A Windows power variant of the HTC One is also strongly rumored for release this fall.

Samsung, on the other hand, has also put its weight behind the Windows Phone platform. Even though the current priority of the Korean giant has been its Galaxy lineup of Android devices, it has brought to market several Windows phones, the most recent of which is ATIV S Neo.

That leaves Huawei. The Chinese telecom giant has only released one Windows Phone 8 smartphone so far, the Ascend W1, but a refresh, the Ascend W2, is slated for launch later this year.

We should surely hear more from these companies, officially or unofficially, in the coming days.

  • Misterbear Fapp

    Now it’s time for Microsoft to make their Windows Phone OS free to select partners unless they want to be the next Sony Betamax. Google made Android free to anyone who asks. I don’t think Microsoft would benefit from that fragmented mess. Nokia can be Microsoft’s flagship in house phone maker, and the OS can be free to competing quality phone makers. Microsoft will still have the store, and greatly benefit from increased market share the free OS would bring. Let’s face it, charging for rights to their OS hasn’t been a winning strategy, a strategy Sony has repeatedly failed with. Microsoft should know better. They really should.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, no better time than now. 😉 May just be the trick to boost the Windows Phone platform. In fact, it would be the best of both worlds, Apple and Google. Don’t necessarily make it open source, but make it free for partners.

  • Ray C

    If these other OEMS really are interested in what happens next between them and Microsoft, they need to put more effort behind Windows Phone. They need to see what type of deal they can work out with Microsoft. A company like HTC knows they need to do something. Making their own OS is pointless. They’re not going to catch Samsung in the Android space before they’re practically in more trouble than Blackberry. They just need to go all in on Windows Phone like Nokia did. Now I do agree that Microsoft does need to make it more cost-effective for other companies to make Windows Phones. But whatever they do, they, the phone makers, and the carriers really need to get behind whatever phones they come up with.

    • Fahad Ali

      True, Samsung is the 800 pound gorilla in the Android room. I wouldn’t be surprised if even Google is somewhat cautious of the Korean giant, at least in terms of mobile hardware.