Other OEMs are rumored to not be happy with Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s hardware and services division, which happens to be the largest OEM manufacturer in the world. Nokia’s Windows Phone has accounted for 92% of the entire markets share last year, though not a lot of OEMs made Windows Phone devices.
However, that’s about to change this year since Archos is planning to do a Windows Phone handset, since Archos CEO stated that it will launch a Windows Phone device when it believes ‘the time is right’. Well that time is this year, and it is just about right for it.
Archos CEO, Loic Poirier, believes that WP market is now mature enough to enter, though that doesn’t mean Archos is going to shift focus entirely from Android. Google’s mobile operating system will continue to be a major part of Archos’ future. Archos is not the only OEM that has committed to Windows Phone recently, both Alcatel and ZTE have announced their own plans as well.
This undoubtedly serves Microsoft’s interests, as it looks to expand Windows Phone’s market share, having more OEMs onboard will enable its platform to reach millions of potential customers in markets where it hasn’t been that strong.