Archos CEO hints at Windows Phone plans

2014 looks set to be a pretty big year for Windows Phone, with ZTE returning to the platform, and leading Indian manufacturers Micromax and XOLO also confirming that they will soon launch their first Windows Phones.

Yet another brand could soon be joining in the action, as the French company Archos – best known for its range of affordable tablets and portable media players – has signalled its interest in Microsoft’s mobile OS.

Just a mock-up, for now - but Archos could launch its first Windows Phone soon

Speaking with TrustedReviews, Archos CEO Loic Poirier said that his company believes that Windows Phone is now “mature enough”, having succeeded in growing its market share, albeit gradually. While he did not mention any specific details, Poirier said: “We will launch a Windows Phone handset when the time is right.”

However, Archos won’t be going ‘all-in’ on Windows Phone; if anything, it sounds like the company will be dipping a toe into the WP waters at best. Poirier said: “Before anything else, we are focused on Google”, suggesting that the company has no plans to scale back on its range of Android tablets and smartphones. 

Source: TrustedReviews

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They are getting all the cheap low quality brands on board, fitting for microsoft, not the cheap part thought, only the low quality.

Problem with WP is that its Nokia or nothing. WP isnt enough by itself to draw anyone in, specially with a barren app market, but the 920 drew so many ppl in with the Camera, and the durable design. I would never feel safe using a phone without a case, but a Lumia i would (not that i own one).

I disagree with the "barren app market" comment. I find things much improved and continuously improving further and ultimately it boils down to whether the apps ones uses are there or not. In most cases for me at least they are, so I don't really care how many more millions are available on other platforms.

Beyond Godlike said,
Problem with WP is that its Nokia or nothing. WP isnt enough by itself to draw anyone in, specially with a barren app market, but the 920 drew so many ppl in with the Camera, and the durable design. I would never feel safe using a phone without a case, but a Lumia i would (not that i own one).

While I'm unhappy with the lack of updates coming from MS, I do like the platform. But it does have limitations, and there aren't nearly the number of apps the other two platforms have, but the big apps are there. It's not quite as bad as people make out. If the app store is the only thing that's wrong with people adopting WP, then I think the platform is doing well.

People need to learn a new UI, they need to trust the company that gave us WinMo, they need to pick from a small lineup at all providers, and they need to get past the lack of apps like they did when Android and iPhone was brand new.

It's not an overnight thing stealing back market share from iPhone and Android.

I have to wonder, with the solid growth year WP had and MS taking over Nokia Lumia devices they should just take the next step and either drop the WP OS fee or make it free to OEMs for a set number of units (first 500k sold for example), with a small fee that starts after that and goes up to the original fee at the end.

It would help to bring in more OEMs and boost volumes.