LG and Lenovo Have Been Signed Up For Windows Phone by Microsoft

By Kat Hannaford on at

Expect to see even more Windows Phones in the wild later this year, now that Microsoft has confirmed several new (or returning) hardware partners. Most interesting for our markets are Lenovo, LG and ZTE, but there are a bunch more for other countries that will be joining existing manufacturers Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Huawei.

This won't however be the first time LG and ZTE have been hugged to the Microsoft bosom, with the longer-memoried amongst us being able to recall the LG Optimus 7 of 2010, and ZTE Tania of 2012.

While Microsoft didn't give an inkling of a launch date for these new devices, they might just be shown off at its Build conference in April, which is when Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to debut. Calling it a "compelling new update," an SDK leak last week revealed Microsoft's looking at adding Javascript, VPN and 3D support to Windows Phone 8.1.

Rather tantalisingly, Microsoft also revealed at its MWC conference today that the update will offer hardware support for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200 and 400, meaning more affordable handsets will be on their way shortly, and for those very same markets, dual SIM support too.

More relevant to us...maybe...is that Facebook Messenger support is also incoming.

One last shot of good news from the Microsoft camp for today: There are now 245,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store. It's still got some ways to go before it best Apple and Android's Google Play Store, which both have around a million apps each. [ZDNet]