Wider hardware support and white-labeled devices are on the way for Windows Phone, Microsoft said at a press event during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Head of product definition and design for Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, wrote in a blog post that Microsoft is working with nine new manufacturers.
These are: Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE. The existing Windows Phone manufacturers are HTC, Huawei, Nokia, and Samsung.
Belfiore also announced the launch of the Windows Hardware Partner Portal, which he said would streamline the process of building a Windows Phone device.
Microsoft is also working with Qualcomm Technologies to help manufacturers anywhere in the world make use of the Qualcomm Reference Design programme.
This will let manufacturers easily build so-called “white-labelled” smartphones that run on the Windows Phone platform.
Windows Phone hardware support
Windows Phone will also receive support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chipsets, Microsoft announced, with options that support all major cellular technologies, including LTE (TDD/FDD), HSPA+, EVDO and TD-SCMA.
Belfiore said that they will add support for dual SIM devices in software where manufacturers want it for their devices.
“One nice benefit of these additions is that many hardware vendors will be able to use the same hardware for both Android and Windows Phone devices,” Belfiore wrote on the Windows Phone blog.