Report: Windows Phone 8 to be used by more PC manufacturers than handset manufacturers
A recent report from Canalys shows that of the 2.5 million Windows Phone equipped handsets shipped in Q4 2011, 1.2 million or 48% were from Nokia. That statistic could lend some credence to the theory that some Windows Phone handset manufacturers are unhappy with the current situation. And who could blame Samsung, LG and HTC from feeling a little left out when the news broke that Nokia received a $250 million "platform support payment" from Microsoft in the fourth quarter, just for making Windows Phone handsets. Nokia CEO Steven Elop, himself a former Microsoft employee, says those payments are supposed to reach the billions mark.
1. rf1975 (Posts: 251; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Microsoft earning more money from Android than Windows phone. Better they can promote Android than Windows Phone.
4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
yep, seems I was right on this one too. Microsoft favoring Nokia is a double edged sword for windows phone
5. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its always been a double edged sword. If windows phone fails, it will be the chain that sinks nokia. If it flies, it will piss off all the other manufacturers that were there since the beginning of WP (and other windows products) for not getting preferential treatment. Samsung and especially HTC have been the major windows mobile distributors for years.
10. snowgator (Posts: 3340; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Nope, you are not. This is a story from an "unnamed source" that has no merit and zero creditability. If I were you, I would wait until Samsung, HTC, and LG announce they were not releasing WP8 devices before celebrating.
Nokia is opening up a lot of the exclusives they are bringing to the table to all WP devices. They will be bearing the brunt of a lot of the advertising dollars for WP. Does Pantec or Kyrocera or ZTE spend a whole ton of money promoting Android devices? Nope, because Samsung, HTC, Motorola and the other big guns are doing it for them and other companies get the benefits of Android being a household name. This "double edged sword" may end up just cutting a path to WP being more profitable.
6. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
Yeah right.. Samsung, LG and HTC wouldn't pass it up because it means less money for them.
7. christianqwerty (Posts: 462; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Id rather have Dell and HP than Samsung and LG
8. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Why would the other manufactures be upset? It's not like they have shown as much interest as Nokia has for carrying Windows Phone. Also I don't think Microsoft would be bothered much because almost every handset carrier owes Microsoft money for every Android handset they sell. So if this is a way of "sticking it to Microsoft" I know Microsoft is happy about it.
9. snowgator (Posts: 3340; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay, this is complete, total, unmittigated crap.
Samsung has already said they are redoubling their efforts on WP after seeing the lackluster reaction to their Mango offerings. HTC was the first to release Mango products, may very well be the first to market with a LTE handset (I believe the Titan 2 will make landfall before the Nokia 900. It is an LTE, which they have already launched in numerous handsets, repackaged in an existing phone body. Nokia is putting an entire new handset together and it's first LTE. Purely my guess.) And HTC has stated repeatedly they are making a good coin off of their WP offerings. Not to mention the little fact that I believe LG, HTC and Samsung will continue making WP handsets as a part of the liscensing agreement they have for Android with Microsoft. While the details on these agreements have not been revealed, these companies started releasing and announcing new WP offerings AFTER the agreements had been hashed out. The rumor is they agreed to produce a line of WP's for a set number of years for a considerable less "per handset" charge on the Android phones that are their HUGE money makers. LG is just now getting the Fantasy back on course after signing a deal. Big coincidence, huh?
Nokia is getting special treatment due to not adopting Android or any other OS. They are purely a Windows Phone manufactuerer. Is Samsung, HTC, or LG interested in dumping Android for WP only? Nope. Why would HTC or Sammy care about Nokia when they are mostly making their billions off of Android and WP is just a developing OS? And does ANYONE really think these companies are dumb enough to bail on a developing OS when it is just now maturing and possibly leave a profitable revenue source before they know if it will pan out or not after this much time putting money into it? I am not saying they may not leave WP in the future, especially if Nokia really takes off with it and there is no way to compete. But WP8 will be developed by these companies. It is just good business to see this commitment through, and I believe it is part of the agreements anyways.
Would LOVE to see HP, Acer, and especially Dell get on the WP8 team.
What a crap story.
11. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 911; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
you tell 'em... couldn't agree with you more.
12. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 911; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
This article is the definition of EPIC FAIL. It is so illogical it makes Victor's WP hating articles look good. I actually kind of laughed... is it April Fool's day or something?
13. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I swear I read somewhere MS gave money to other oems for help in advertisements.
14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1246; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I doubt Nokia will be the only OEM making Windows 8 smart phones when the time comes for them to come out. lets face Microsoft will stay in the smart phone business
and will with windows 8 finally have the smart phones they want to integrate with the Enterprise computers and the consumer compuTers because the core of Windows 8
Desktop/Laptop computers will be present to some degree in the Windows phone 8
OS. I think in the end Samsung , HTC and LG will have at least one model of the windows 8 smart phone to sell to the Public. they will want in on the action