When talking about HTC and Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system, the hot topic is whether the HTC HD2, HTC’s flagship WinMo device, will be upgradeable to the new OS. The simple answer to this is, no one really knows. And if they do, they’re not telling us. But, before you grow disheartened about the likelihood of an HTC Windows super phone appearing any time soon, HTC’s CEO has confirmed that an all new device is in the pipeline and scheduled for release nefore the end of 2010!
Speaking to reporters at the CTIA conference, HTC head honcho Peter Chou said he is “thrilled” with Windows Phone 7 and that HTC plan to release a device running Redmond’s new OS before the end of the year. The confirmation should also put to rest constant rumours that HTC would be stepping away from Microsoft in the coming months and years. The Speculation had centred on Microsoft’s new hardline on compatibility and customisation of their new OS which will rule out the likes of HTC’s Sense user interface and prohibit devices from running the operating system unless they adhere to strict specification guidlines. Chou’s comments prove that Windows Phone 7 Series is still very much in the companies plans.
Chou also had time to comment on the stateside launch of the Google Nexus One which, despite less than stellar sales figures, he considered a success. Chou commented “Considering Google didn’t do standard retail or marketing for it, the Nexus One is doing pretty well”. Chou believes that the Nexus One (and its stablemate, the HTC Desire) showed the world that HTC is the top Android brand. And now with confirmation that a Windows phone is set to launch in the next 9 months, it seems the company is determined to repeat this success with Windows Phone 7 Series.