It was just last week that Microsoft announced their plans to acquire Nokia’s cellphone business, and if the deal concludes successfully, Microsoft would have access to their own smartphone manufacturer and could in theory do away with the rest of their OEMs, such as HTC, Samsung, and Huawei. While Microsoft has not announced anything like that, it is understandable that OEMs are a little concerned about their future, just like they were when Microsoft announced that they would be making their own Surface tablets, and when Google acquired Motorola.
While it remains to be seen what will happen on the Windows Phone front, Huawei has stated that they will continue to make Windows Phone devices, with Huawei executive Richard Ren telling reporters, “We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products. We remain one of Microsoft’s strategic partners.” Over in the US Huawei might not be as big a name compared to the likes of Apple or Samsung, but they do hold considerable weight over in populous China which is a market we expect affordable Windows Phone products to take off which would benefit both Huawei and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.
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