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.

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  1. Who are the 3 not mentioned here?

  2. Apple, Google/Motorola and Samsung?

    • I thought Samsung was on the list. No point in mentioning Apple. So, where on the top 10 list is Motorola? I would imagine that after you get past the top 4, there is a big drop.

      • 7 out of 10 phone manufacturers build wp. So the remaining 3 are the one I mentioned.

        • They’re probably talking about overall smartphones, so we have to place Sony on the list, and maybe BlackBerry at the very bottom. And Apple near the top.

          Unless there’s that one Android maker that has overtaken BlackBerry in worldwide shipments.

  3. Well I see many indian companies on the list – gionee , xolo , karbonn

    I am waiting forward to see Micromax as well….

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