Indian mobile device manufacturer Micromax is looking to launch new hardware for Windows Phone, according to a report on the IB Times. The company failed to make the list of new Microsoft partners announced at Mobile World Congress, pushing the mobile platform forward through 2014 and beyond.
The reasoning behind Micromax being omitted from such a list is down to the manufacturer still in active talks with Microsoft, as co-founder Vikas Jain confirmed with the Indian publication.
Redmond is believed to have waived the Windows Phone licensing fee for certain partners, which is why Micromax could still be negotiating terms for more affordable hardware to be produced for competitive emerging markets. It’s reported that both Lava and Karbonn have managed to score a deal with Microsoft.
Interestingly, contrary to what’s happening with Asus, Micromax has confirmed that the company is still working to release its LapTab, a dual-OS tablet running both Android and Windows. That is until Microsoft and Google attempt to apply pressure to halt (or better scrap) plans for dual-OS devices.
Micromax showcased the LapTab back at CES 2014, but it'll be interesting to see whether or not this device hits store shelves soon. Well keep our eyes open for more Windows Phone (and Windows tablet) news surrounding Micromax.
Source: IB Times
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