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.