Microsoft’s recent announcement that it would be acquiring Nokia’s smartphone division left us simultaneously encouraged and concerned about the future of Windows Phone as a platform. Sure, this might lead to the development of some killer Lumia devices, but what effect would it have on the platform’s diversity? Would companies that haven’t lately seemed too keen about their WP8 lineups – manufacturers like Samsung – see the coming threat of direct competition against Microsoft and just wipe their hands of the whole Windows Phone business, bowing out before their market shares dropped even further? Today we hear from one of these OEMs about its plans from here on out, and they very much include sticking with Windows Phone.
Huawei is not feeling dissuaded by this Nokia/Microsoft business, and asserts that it will remain one of Microsoft’s strategic partners and will “continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products.”
We know, Huawei is far removed from the most popular Windows Phone OEM around, even if we take Nokia out of the running. Still, hearing a public declaration like this that the acquisition isn’t scaring away a manufacturer sure goes a long way towards quieting our fears.
Source: The Wall Street Journal