to sources at Microsoft Taiwan, additional 20 new Windows Mobile 6-based
handsets (most likely most of them smartphones) are expected to be launched
before the end of this year.
With the recently launched Windows Mobile 6 platform, Microsoft's share in the
global mobile devices market is expected to double to 20 % in 2008 from the
current level of 10 %, said Eddie Wu, managing director of Microsoft ODM
embedded devices, Asia.
While most of the above mentioned devices might
come from HTC, some other
devices can be expected from other manufactures like Asustek,
Arima, HP and Samsung
sources told DigiTimes.
So far, more than 140 Windows Mobile-based handsets have been launched by 48
handset makers and other mobile device vendors. I wonder why the sources missed
to name some other OEMs and ODMs, namely LG which is expected to launch a Prada
look-alike Windows Mobile smartphone as well as Palm, which is expected to
launch it's first non-touch screen smartphone this year.
In any case - the future looks quite promising for Windows Mobile devices and
additionally 20 devices until end of this year sounds reasonable.
Cheers ~ Arne