Microsoft's low-cost reference Smartphone platform code-named Peabody is nearing completion and will run on the recently released Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, an Ya-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president said Tuesday in Taiwan.
When the phone platform was first announced on 3GSM Congress in February, Microsoft planned to aim it at emerging markets such as India and China but also aimed carriers to offer them an easy to develop and flexible platform to launch their own ODM devices.
The software integration has been completed and Microsoft is working with contract manufacturer Flextronics to design the hardware, with an eye to keeping the price as low as possible, Zhang said.
"We're going to make this available to our OEM (original equipment manufacturing) partners. I don't have a detailed time frame, but the work is coming along pretty well," he said. "The planning and development are already done and only the hardware integration remains" he added.
Once finished, the Smartphone specifications will be offered to contract manufacturers globally as a way for them to quickly enter the smart phone business.
The handset will run on a full version of Windows Mobile 5.0 Zhang said and is designed to be used with 2/2.5G GSM and GPRS networks.
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