Microsoft announces new Windows Phone hardware partners, including LG and Lenovo

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Mobile World Congress is going on right now over in Barcelona, and while we won’t see any new Windows Phone devices there is some new news. Microsoft had a small press conference where they announced some things coming to Windows Phone 8.1 without actually ever saying “Windows Phone 8.1.” 

The features they mentioned were things we’ve known about for a while: on-screen buttons and dual-SIM support. The more interesting announcement came when Microsoft briefly talked about new hardware partners. Microsoft says Foxconn, HTC, Huawei, ISR, Karbonn, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, and Xolo will all produce devices, but we don’t know exactly when.

Those manufacturers have combined for around 26 Windows Phone devices so far. Most of those coming from HTC, Samsung, and LG. Nokia alone has released over 20 devices. You can see why Microsoft needs more manufacturers to chip in. Lenovo is one of the more interesting companies on the list. Now that they own Motorola it’s possible we could see a Windows Phone device with Moto branding.

What do you think about these new manufacturers? Are you interested in buying a phone from any of them? Do you only care about Nokia devices?

[via The Verge]

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  • I’m loving my HTC One, and it seems like an evolved, Android version of their 8X for WindowsPhone. If they bring that level of build quality and polish to the next gen of WP stuff, it would be really exciting.