HTC promises new Windows Phones are on the way - but when?

Microsoft proudly announced this week that it had signed up nine new hardware partners - including Lenovo, LG and ZTE - to join its Windows Phone platform. But while the company mentioned each of the four existing manufacturers that have already launched Windows Phone devices, it gave no hint of what to expect from any of them.

Nokia’s future in Windows Phone is a given, since the company’s devices and services business will soon be eaten by Microsoft. But for the remaining three brands – Samsung, Huawei and HTC – support for the platform has been limited, with very few devices having been released.

While the future of Samsung and Huawei devices remains ambiguous, we do at least now know that HTC’s Windows Phone future is secure. Re/code reports that Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, told them that Windows Phone remains on the company’s roadmap.

Mackenzie said that new HTC Windows Phones are on the way, adding: “We’ll continue to partner with Microsoft.” He did not, however, offer any indication of when to expect these new devices.

An educated guess might point to the middle of the year, shortly after Microsoft formally announces Windows Phone 8.1 at its BUILD conference in early April. The 8.1 update will introduce a large number of major new features to the OS, and it is likely that HTC, among other manufacturers, will be considering launching devices to coincide with its release. 

The executive also confirmed that HTC is working on wearable devices, as part of a broader and more diverse product portfolio across the company. 

Source: Re/code

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I would hope they continue making a minimalist model like the excellent 8X. I've been using mine for a little over a year and, as I see the "monster phones" continue to roll out, my hope is that some manufacturer will continue to make thinner/smaller ones.

It would be cool to have an HTC One-like device running Windows Phone.

HTC's previous Windows Phone designs were okay, but I remember there were minor things wrong with the build quality such as the coloured plastic rubbing off or something like that.

I'm sure they've improved their design quality since then, but who knows.

No OEM is going to talk about future WP 8.1 devices till after BUILD in my opinion, I think everyone is holding back till the OS is officially shown off.

techbeck said,
They need to fix what is currently wrong before they start producing more devices.

There's nothing wrong with the HTC One other than the OS it's running...

techbeck said,
There is always one that has to start this same old tiring argument.

Are you referring to anything specific to their windows phones? Or the usual HTC issues of poor battery life, poor support and more recently, poor camera?

McKay said,
Are you referring to anything specific to their windows phones? Or the usual HTC issues of poor battery life, poor support and more recently, poor camera?

Pretty much that. Their design hasnt been the greatest either. Since Samsung released the S1, it took off and a lot of that had to do with how it looked. HTC just didnt get it until recently. I like how their "One" phones look and they seem pretty solid. They were also producing way to many devices and then never supporting them. Last thing they need is to start producing a ton of devices again. Few Android, few WP...but get their issues fixed before doing to much.

I doubt them not producing new WP devices soon is going to hurt MS considering all their new recent partners.

techbeck said,

Pretty much that. Their design hasnt been the greatest either. Since Samsung released the S1, it took off and a lot of that had to do with how it looked. HTC just didnt get it until recently. I like how their "One" phones look and they seem pretty solid. They were also producing way to many devices and then never supporting them. Last thing they need is to start producing a ton of devices again. Few Android, few WP...but get their issues fixed before doing to much.

I doubt them not producing new WP devices soon is going to hurt MS considering all their new recent partners.


There's nothing wrong with the design of the current Windows Phones by HTC.

Stokkolm said,

There's nothing wrong with the HTC One other than the OS it's running...

there's nothing wrong with the os that it runs, unless you are talking about android then yes.

jcwashereGT said,

there's nothing wrong with the os that it runs, unless you are talking about android then yes.

I was insinuating Android, yes.

On topic though, I fail to see how HTC doesn't have it together anymore. It seems to me that they've fixed the issues they had over the past year, and they're moving in the right direction now. But I do think that their most advanced Windows Phone should be on par with their most advanced Android phone. The 8X is a good phone, but it's not on the same level of the HTC One. Also, maybe they should start looking a little harder at Windows Phone. If they can't make much of a dent in Samsung's lead, then it might be time to consider broadening their base.

Stokkolm said,

There's nothing wrong with the HTC One other than the OS it's running...

I love it, but I would put the power button on the right-hand side. It's almost impossible to push the flush power button without hitting the volume keys unless you hold it in your right hand, which I do not. I guess it's OK on the left-hand side but you should move the volume buttons over there too.

MorganX said,

I love it, but I would put the power button on the right-hand side. It's almost impossible to push the flush power button without hitting the volume keys unless you hold it in your right hand, which I do not. I guess it's OK on the left-hand side but you should move the volume buttons over there too.

I love my HTC One but I must agree with you on the power button.

Well it's not for me, but Android seems to be doing quite well, so I don't think the OS is the problem. They just don't have the right advertising, they've always had much nicer phones than Samsung.

Let's hope in the less (though soon to be) crowded WP market they can shine again.

TheShark said,
Well it's not for me, but Android seems to be doing quite well, so I don't think the OS is the problem.

OS isnt the problem. Otherwise, Nokia would be making a ton of money and WP would have more world wide market share. It is how the company is run and the decisions that are being made.