We all know how Nokia and Microsoft vowed to support each other but Microsoft is quite vocal with its support for HTC too. Yes, both Nokia and HTC are coming out with their new Windows Phone 8 devices on the 29th of this month.
Microsoft recently sent out their 4 invites for the Windows Phone 8 OS launch on the 29th of this month. The event clearly supports both Nokia and HTC. It is quite evident that Microsoft is not favouring Nokia only, with 2 out 2 designs for both Nokia and HTC, I think that Microsoft wanted more mobile carriers to carry their Windows Phone OS platform.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and his September involvement for the HTC Windows Phone 8X during the latter’s unveiling was a true sign of strong support for HTC. If you look at the new HTC 8X (HTC’s Windows Phone 8 flagship), you will notice a huge resemblance in design with Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship the Nokia Lumia 920.
Microsoft is also spreading the Windows Phone love for Nokia through 2 of their invitations. Maybe Nokia wanted to be the star in all four invitations but that will never happen since the invites were sent to media already. All we know now is that HTC’s decision to come out with Windows Phone 8 devices is important to Microsoft.
Meanwhile, Verizon (one of US largest carriers) opened their door to the HTC 8X. This is also their very first venture to the Windows Phone market. Yes, Verizon ignored older Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices for say a year. Now, if Nokia can’t compete with HTC under Verizon or any other US carriers, Nokia will find it hard to compete with HTC as the US pre-eminent Windows Phone device.
Stephen Elop (Nokia’s CEO) projects an air of coolness despite this news. He also recently spoke with CNET in an interview and he said: “Anyone can call their devices ‘Windows Phone.’ So, the ‘Lumia name for this family of products, because Lumia does signify that we’ve been able to go a step further than the standard spec with Windows Phone devices.” HTC’s unveiling is “more good news for the Windows Phone ecosystem” he also emphasized its differentiated features like Nokia’s PureView camera, Nokia Music, and the new Nokia wireless charging.