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.