Report: Microsoft is Working on Its Own "Surface" Smartphone
November 2, 2012 9:45 AM
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Microsoft has its own tablet, so offering a smartphone certainly isn't hard to believe.
How will Windows Phone partners feel about a Microsoft direct smartphone?
A rumor has surfaced that claims Microsoft is currently working with component suppliers in Asia to test out its own smartphone design. Earlier in the year, this rumor might have been met with significant criticism and disbelief. However, with Microsoft already offering its own tablet called the
and having plainly stated that it intends to do more
, the latest report seems more plausible.
Windows Phone hasn’t traditionally been a very popular operating system for smartphones. It wouldn't be a stretch to imagine that Microsoft blames some of the poor showing of its smartphone operating system on poor hardware design. If Microsoft can design an attractive and high-performing smartphone using its own operating system, consumers might be more inclined to buy a Windows Phone 8 device.
Wall Street Journal
says that officials from some of Microsoft's parts suppliers have stated that the company is testing a smartphone design, but Microsoft isn't sure whether the product will go into mass production. The sources are declining to be named, naturally.
One source claims that the screen of the Microsoft smartphone being tested right now measures between four and five inches. A screen of that size would put it right in the mix with the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
"We're quite happy about this holiday [season] going to market hard with Nokia, Samsung and HTC," said Mr. Ballmer, referring to companies making smartphones powered by Microsoft software. "Whether we had a plan to do something different or we didn't have a plan I wouldn't comment in any dimension."
Wall Street Journal
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It'll still really be Nokia's phone.
11/2/2012 11:59:00 PM
No matter what anyone says, this is really a Nokia phone. Basically, Microsoft has agreements to use just about any patent they could ever want from Apple, Motorola, Samsung, etc. Nokia does not. A lot of the cool stuff they want to do with Nokia involves patents or could trigger litigation from people who claim to have applicable patents. By presenting it as a Microsoft phone, they get around all of that.
RE: It'll still really be Nokia's phone.
11/4/2012 1:35:19 AM
IIRC, Microsoft offers those that license Windows Phone OS protection from lawsuits relating to the operating system (obviously, this only applies to phones running Windows Phone).
Kinda like a patent gang protection racket...
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