While Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was just launched a few days ago, word is going around that Taiwan-based handset manufacturers have shifted R&D investment to Android for two to three years, and as such, most of them are unwilling to invest in Windows Phone 7 since Android already has a large existing global market share and development potential. Let’s not forget that Android is also an open platform while WP7 requires a license fee. As Microsoft is unlikely to reduce the WP7 licensing rates, there is a possibility that only two or three of Taiwan’s handset makers will get involved in WP7. Speculation is that HTC might take up as much as 70-80% of the global WP7 market, followed by Samsung and LG. The Taiwanese manufacturers include companies such as Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances, and Arima Communications.
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