Microsoft have answered the question whether it can work with third-party partners after its acquisition of Nokia is complete, and answered in some style. Nine new companies are now ready to design and develop Windows Phones.
Redmond made the official announcement saying that it is partnering up with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE in order to expand into newer markets.
Some big names in the list — the remaining rather small.
But these vendors join HTC, Huawei, Samsung and Nokia, the latter of which is expected to be part of Microsoft by the end of the first quarter after the deal is finalized. In fact, word is that both HTC and Samsung will also launch Windows Phone powered devices soon.
Microsoft also claims that it now has seven on the top ten smartphone manufacturers in the world interested in making Windows Phone handsets, based on IDC sales figures that is.
Guess who the remaining three are!
Additionally, the company has also confirmed that it will be adding support for new Qualcomm processors (namely the Snapdragon 200 and 400). This now allows hardware makers to create smartphones for a wider range of consumers in markets around the globe.
All in a good day’s work, then.