Windows Phone 7 devices? Yeah, we didn't either. LG has been a respectable runner in the Android world for the last couple of years, but apparently their performance on Windows Phone 7 - or perhaps just the platform's performance as a whole - hasn't been very inspiring. Today the company announced that it's giving up Microsoft's platform in favor of Android for all its forthcoming smartphones. Now if only Nokia could follow suit.
Sahas Katta mozied on down to the Microsoft Store to participate n the Windows Phone Challenge on Sunday. The challenge is simple: if you can perform a given task faster on a non-Windows smartphone (in this case Katta's stock Verizon Galaxy Nexus) you win a free $1000 special-edition laptop. Long story short: Katta performed the task faster, but Microsoft representatives refused to award him the prize. Their reasoning? "Just because."
a job listing on Microsoft's website pointed towards a possible Xbox Live app for Android devices. That's looking more and more likely: a Microsoft spokesperson recently indicated that the company was looking to expand the social and remote features of the Xbox 360 with more mobile platforms. That would be a major boon to those who use a combination of Microsoft hardware on the console gaming side of things and Android (or iOS) on mobile - and given the high sales of both, that's a large section of that particular Venn diagram.
Yonhap, Pantech is currently in negotiations with the American software giant to pay indeterminate licensing fees for the priveledge of running Android (a free and open-source operating system) on its phones. Along with LG and a handful of other major manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, Microsoft now claims it collects fees for more than 70% of Android phones sold in the United States.
Bloomberg, intellectual property guru Kevin Rivette notes that the licensing fees that Apple earns on its patent lawsuits could be as high as $10 per device - a figure that could seriously impede manufacturers, especially on cheap low-margin phones.
#droidrage, and you might just get a response from Ben Rudolph the Windows Phone evangelist, giving you some shiny new Microsoft hardware.