Microsoft Hints at Renewed Relationship With HTC

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For the last one year or so, Taiwan's HTC has focused on producing great Android phones, the latest being the One (M8). Now it seems like the company might add a new Windows-powered phone under its kitty, and that too pretty soon.

Believe it or not, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for OEM partnerships, hinted at their rekindled relationship with HTC, perhaps new Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

"We are not gonna tell you what we are about to do with HTC, but we will continue to have a great Windows relationship with HTC," Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft, said at  the ongoing Computex 2014

In the past year month, we've heard number of times that HTC might launch a premium Windows phone, similar to the HTC One. In fact, just recently, popular Twitter leaker @evleaks shared more info about the forthcoming HTC W8.

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Microsoft Hints at Renewed Relationship With HTC

The yet-to-be announced big-ticket HTC W8 will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 handset with dual-camera setup and Boomsound speakers. The device is being tagged as an alternative to Nokia's most premium Windows Phone 8.1 handset till date. Moreover, the HTC W8 is said to be an exclusive to US network Verizon, expected to land in Q3.

HTC has not announced a single Windows-based phone after the failure of HTC 8XT since June 2013. The HTC 8XT was originally critically and commercial failure. It was restricted to the US market.

For the longest time possible, Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile OS had been ignored by established players in favor of Google's Android. For the first time ever, it appears that players like HTC and Sony have been quite optimistic about their brewing relationship with Redmond-based software giant.

While HTC may come up with a new Windows-based phone shortly, Sony, another popular smartphone maker could possibly be working on an unannounced project.

According to multiple reports in the past, Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, the manufacturer had confirmed talking to Microsoft about some unnamed project. Over the past few months little details have continued to trickle in respect to Sony's upcoming Window Phone 8.1 handset. Tom Warren, Senior Editor did, however, point that a couple of new Windows-powered handsets from Sony will be launched in July of this year.

Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!

Source - @evleaks, Wmpoweruser

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