HTC will continue to bring Windows Phone 7 (WP7) powered handsets to market, the head of the phone maker’s North Asia division has said, despite slow sales for the initial batch of WP7 smartphones.
Earlier this year, Microsoft disclosed that sales of WP7 mobile phones had hit two million units. And while that may sound none too shabby, it’s nothing like the take-up that some optimists had forecast prior to the launch of the platform.
However, confidence in the OS will have been buoyed today by president of HTC North Asia Jack Tong’s show of support in an interview with US business types at the Wall Street Journal.
He said: “Our strategic partnership (with Microsoft) will continue. Microsoft is still committed to us, and we will continue to develop tech devices. Our partnership is strong."
Tong also stressed that its arrangement with Microsoft would also be unaffected by the latter’s recent deal with Nokia that will see Espoo produce handsets on a third-party OS for the first time ever.
In news that will surprise no-one, he also appeared to rule out a takeover bid for Nokia, joining Microsoft and Samsung among the ranks of rivals to have denied any interest in acquiring the beleaguered phone maker.
Wall Street Journal
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