Microsoft announces Lenovo, Xolo, Karbonn, Gionee and more as new Windows Phone hardware partners
Along with giving a brief announcement about Windows Phone 8.1 at their event at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona today, Microsoft also announced that they have new windows phone hardware partners as well.
The company is trying to be more flexible for operators and manufacturers, and is working with a whole bunch of companies, from LG, Lenovo and LTE, to Indian brands like Xolo, Lava, Karbonn and Chinese brand Gionee.
Microsoft VP Nick Parker stated that they’re “open for business on Windows Phone to anyone who wants to build one.” which should hopefully see more windows phones from other brands this year.
Previously there was no point buying a non-Nokia windows phone because Nokia’s software really set them apart. When Microsoft buying Nokia, I’d imagine those few exclusive apps will not be available for all windows phone companies, leveling the playing field for anyone that wants to make a windows phone.