While Android and iOS have been the major driving forces behind the entire smartphone business. But a third major eco-system in the form of Windows Phone is slowly going up the ranks with more and more device makers opting for the OS. Now it seems like Karbonn is the newest among them.
Not long ago, we had already read about how Karbonn was planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 devices, after Microsoft announced a partnership with the vendor several months ago. However, no specific info was available on when these phones would be arriving in the market.
Nonetheless, now it seems like the company has once and for all confirmed that it is indeed planning on releasing as many as three new Windows Phone 8.1 devices before the end of the third quarter of 2014.
Speaking to the Economic Times of India in a recent interview, Karbonn Executive Director Shashin Devsare even revealed that the phones will be launched with prices ranging from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 15,000.
"We are optimistic on the upcoming budget since the government has already indicated that domestic manufacturing would be an important area," Devsare stated.
"Microsoft sees great value in developing an ecosystem through partnership with local players like Karbonn," he added.
As of now, Microsoft's Windows Phone is the second largest operating system in the Indian market after Android. According to a report via market research firm IDC, Windows Phone OS has just 5% share of the Indian market while Android has 80%.