Having launched its first-ever in-house device in the shape of the Surface tablet, Microsoft is now experimenting with an own-branded smartphone, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.
According to people familiar with matters, the Redmond-based giant is working with an unnamed Asian supplier to design its own smartphone in case Windows Phone handsets by other manufacturers fail to gain the kind of traction needed to compete with Android and iOS.
However, the WSJ's source says that the device is unlikely to go into mass production. The Verge previously reported that Microsoft was toying with the idea of manufacturing its own smartphone in a bid to control the destiny of its revamped and reimagined mobile OS, but won’t make an appearance until at least next year.
Microsoft is said to be testing a handset with a display between four and five inches. Details of its design and internals are as yet unknown.
The news, assuming it has any substance, won’t please the likes of Nokia, Samsung and HTC - Nokia especially - as it has thrown the full weight of its support behind Microsoft’s OS in a landmark agreement between the companies.
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Source: Wall Street Journal via The Verge