Windows Phone 8 launch partners announced, notable exceptions

Take a look at the image above, those are the current launch partners for Windows Phone 8. While there are the juggernauts of Nokia, Samsung and HTC, there is also one large exception, LG. 

As we have learned today, Windows Phone 8 will be bringing a host of new features including NFC, new resolutions, native code support and so much more that you can read about here. While Microsoft has not announced all of the Windows Phone 8 features, they did provide a solid snapshot of what we can expect when the new platform launches for the holiday season.

With all the news around Windows Phone 8, Surface and Windows 8, Microsoft is certainly defining how it will make a massive play in to the world of consumer ecosystems. While none of these products are on sale as of yet, we can now begin to see how Microsoft will bring all of its products together. 

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LG, Dell, Acer, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Asus, ZTE, Toshiba etc.... Soon there will only be Nokia unless MS pulls a hail mary miracle

I'll be looking at Nokia and HTC for WP8 devices. I hope HTC will release a WP8 device as gorg as the Android One X!

where are the partners that Microsoft has had? ZTE, Asus, Toshiba, and many many more
I don't understand why they only have 4 and one is new ? they should have at least 10 partners at launch for year 2 not less. I understand Dell and LG but the others should be jumping onboard with win8 and phone 8 come one ... something is going on? and I bet its all about licensing and fighting with vendors about it and with google giving away the os I think is hurting MS. I still don't think they should go the google way. I don't want ADDS.. MS is not an advertising company.

Gibbyhome said,
where are the partners that Microsoft has had? ZTE, Asus, Toshiba, and many many more
I don't understand why they only have 4 and one is new ? they should have at least 10 partners at launch for year 2 not less. I understand Dell and LG but the others should be jumping onboard with win8 and phone 8 come one ... something is going on? and I bet its all about licensing and fighting with vendors about it and with google giving away the os I think is hurting MS. I still don't think they should go the google way. I don't want ADDS.. MS is not an advertising company.

Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC are special hardware partners. There are many others for sure.

Gibbyhome said,
where are the partners that Microsoft has had? ZTE, Asus, Toshiba, and many many more
I don't understand why they only have 4 and one is new ? they should have at least 10 partners at launch for year 2 not less. I understand Dell and LG but the others should be jumping onboard with win8 and phone 8 come one ... something is going on? and I bet its all about licensing and fighting with vendors about it and with google giving away the os I think is hurting MS. I still don't think they should go the google way. I don't want ADDS.. MS is not an advertising company.

The rest aren't ready with new hardware yet? I think more are coming but not in time for the WP8 launch window, that's all.

I'd care more about the quality of the phones then number of hardware vendors. LG & HTC also dropped out from android tablets and I suspect there many more vendors not make android tablets since no one is making money.

These are launch partners, many more will be waiting in the wings. Who honestly has a Dell phone ? LG and others are probably playing the waiting game. The platform will sky rocket eventually. The ecosystem could be something special and very attractive to business especially. Think it's only a matter of time. MS have showed their hand and it's a good one.

oceanmotion said,
These are launch partners, many more will be waiting in the wings. Who honestly has a Dell phone ? LG and others are probably playing the waiting game. The platform will sky rocket eventually. The ecosystem could be something special and very attractive to business especially. Think it's only a matter of time. MS have showed their hand and it's a good one.

I have a Dell phone. The Dell Venue Pro was one of the best WP7 devices after they got it worked correctly (had a horrible launch and took something like 6 months to finally get it stable). I bought mine last October and it is great. The keyboard is awesome and it looks great. It just has ****ty battery life and signal.

oceanmotion said,
These are launch partners, many more will be waiting in the wings. Who honestly has a Dell phone ? LG and others are probably playing the waiting game. The platform will sky rocket eventually. The ecosystem could be something special and very attractive to business especially. Think it's only a matter of time. MS have showed their hand and it's a good one.

LG does two sorts of phones - feature phones, and Android smartphones. (The Ally, for example, has been their signature Android feature phone for the past year.)

there is also one large exception, LG.

Who cares about LG? They've shown time and time again that they have no design sense and try to design their phones like they're dishwashers.

-Razorfold said,

Who cares about LG? They've shown time and time again that they have no design sense and try to design their phones like they're dishwashers.

This pretty much sums it up.
I like many of their products, but their phones seem like they tried too hard.

GS:mac

Vice said,
I would have expected Microsoft to have more OEM's by now. Dell, LG both bowed out. Just surprising.
They will regret it.

Nexus69 said,
They will regret it.

From their point of view it's been two years and Windows Phone still isn't selling in the volumes needed to make it worth their investment.

Vice said,
I would have expected Microsoft to have more OEM's by now. Dell, LG both bowed out. Just surprising.

Not really. Dell had a lot of issues and approached the market horribly. LG on the other hand I think is having some serious financial problems and tightening their roadmaps to try to scale better.

M_Lyons10 said,

Not really. Dell had a lot of issues and approached the market horribly. LG on the other hand I think is having some serious financial problems and tightening their roadmaps to try to scale better.

I wasn't saying it was surprising that Dell and LG bowed out, but surprising Microsoft hasn't attracted any new OEM's while simultaneously losing two.

Vice said,
I would have expected Microsoft to have more OEM's by now. Dell, LG both bowed out. Just surprising.

Dell and LG haven't been doing well not only in the mobile space, but in their core business(es) as well. Not surprising that they dropped out.

Vice said,

I wasn't saying it was surprising that Dell and LG bowed out, but surprising Microsoft hasn't attracted any new OEM's while simultaneously losing two.

Huawei is a new OEM

Vice said,

Good point. Don't they only release phones for China though?

not sure about their WP plans, but many of the carriers (Like Wind) here in Canada sell Huawei phones

Vice said,

Good point. Don't they only release phones for China though?


No. I've seen a few Android handsets by them released here in Bulgaria. They probably sell them in other countries as well.

XMac said,

No. I've seen a few Android handsets by them released here in Bulgaria. They probably sell them in other countries as well.

I don't think they've reached the UK market yet (where I am). Or at-least I've not seen any of their phones here. I recognise all the other companies though. Nokia, Samsung, HTC.

thealexweb said,

From their point of view it's been two years and Windows Phone still isn't selling in the volumes needed to make it worth their investment.

None of LG's other stuff is selling in the volume needed for them either, unless you think they really pulled out of tablets because MS is going to release the Surface in 3 months?

Vice said,
I would have expected Microsoft to have more OEM's by now. Dell, LG both bowed out. Just surprising.

These are just the WP8 "launch" partners, so they're the ones who will have WP8 devices ready in the fall. Other OEMs can join in later on.

thealexweb said,

From their point of view it's been two years and Windows Phone still isn't selling in the volumes needed to make it worth their investment.


its worth their investment, dont forget it strenghtens MS's total market share and influence. and its growing, dw especially with WP8 (as I am waiting for WP8 aswell or if i can get it confirmed some current devices will get the upgrade for sure (I really see why not, minimum specs shouldnt go up above the lumia 900) but i rather be sure

Vice said,
I would have expected Microsoft to have more OEM's by now. Dell, LG both bowed out. Just surprising.

They're lucky they have what they do. With the advantages MS is giving Nokia over every other OEM it's not an even playing field to compete on. Nokia WP8 phones are where it's at and MS has their own branded tablet so there is really no point in other OEMs being on the bleeding edge. Until the playing field is more fair a wait and see how the market shakes out makes more sense.

Vice said,

Good point. Don't they only release phones for China though?

They release phones in the US; just not the *continental* US (they are a decent player in Hawaii, for example) - they also just released a new phone (the Honour) in the UK.

Vice said,

I don't think they've reached the UK market yet (where I am). Or at-least I've not seen any of their phones here. I recognise all the other companies though. Nokia, Samsung, HTC.

Most 3G dongles in the UK are made by Huawei. They also offered to donate equipment to London Underground to extend mobile coverage onto the Tube but Boris rejected the offer.

thenetavenger said,

Ya, no... In the US, head over to any discount carrier, like Cricket.

I don't live in the US.