Is Microsoft planning to unveil an Android powered phone soon?
by Alan Friedman / Jul 14, 2018, 9:55 AM
Even though the Surface Phone has apparently been put on hold until late next year, it doesn't mean that the guys in Redmond won't have a brand new handset to sell this year. According to a report published today, a Microsoft Store rep said during a chat that the software giant is working on a new Android powered phone. And as much as we'd like to just call this "fake news" and move on, we can't for one reason; a Microsoft branded Android phone actually makes sense.
As it turns out, during the years when Windows Phone was alive, Microsoft was making much more money on the sales of Android powered devices because of its vast intellectual property holdings related to the platform. In addition, the company has a selection of apps that it offers to both iOS and Android users, most of which offer in-app purchases. So a Microsoft branded Android phone can't be dismissed out of hand
However, while it is possible that the rep did hear something, they are often the last to know about new products. And reps who work inside a carrier branded retail store are usually so focused on earning commissions from the hardware available in the store at that moment, that they really don't care about the new handsets, tablets and wearables in the wireless provider's pipeline.
Even though a Microsoft branded Android phone is possible, and makes sense, outside of the word of one Microsoft Store rep, there have been no other clues or hints (even from the supply chain gurus who usually pick up on unusual activity) that such a device is coming. So for now, we would suggest that you take this report with a grain of salt.
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I'd love to see what Microsoft would come up with for an Android powered phone series. Make it worthy competition for Motorola and Nokia, don't bother going after Samsung and Apple unless you've got something pretty damn special in mind.
posted on Jul 14, 2018, 10:10 AM 3
Posts: 498; Member since: Apr 06, 2012
Seriously ? If they had to do this at the end of the day, who will explain the deathblow they served to Nokia ? Pathetic strategy by Microsoft. Not only killed their own chances in smartphone market but also took down mammoth Nokia with it.
posted on Jul 14, 2018, 10:28 AM 6
Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
to be fair, Nokia was already in huge decline... their only save was to join Android before the Microsoft acquisition... the same happened to Blackberry... and now both of them are just another Android manufacturer with a tiny piece of the cake. If Microsoft is really giving us a Surface Phone powered by Android, I would seriously consider it, because I am kind of tired with current offerings by everyone else...
posted on Jul 14, 2018, 3:23 PM 2
Posts: 3037; Member since: Jan 23, 2014
Who ever said they can't do both? Release a Windows-flavored Android with all the Microsoft enhancements and apps for general consumers and the Andromeda device for those of us who want or need one. They would not compete against each other since Andromeda is Windows-On-Arm as opposed to a mobile OS like Android.
posted on Jul 14, 2018, 1:49 PM 1
Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 06, 2017
Of course it's gonna be Android. Look at how much work they put into the Microsoft Launcher for Android. That tells you right there. Be on the look out for the Microsoft Lumia Droid sometime next year.
posted on Jul 14, 2018, 1:52 PM 0
Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014
I'm looking forward to see an MS Android-powered phone with a Pureview and Clearback in the market again.
posted on Jul 15, 2018, 2:35 AM 0
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