Windows Phone partners now include Karbonn and Xolo: ideal candidates for its newfound dual-SIM capabilities

“Karbonn and Xolo will be Microsoft’s partners for making Windows Phone devices” Microsoft’s mobile platform Windows Phone 8 has been evolving at a fairly good pace, adding capabilities and new apps at each stage. It’d be fair to say that its next big refresh, v8.1, could improve things by leaps and bounds especially if it does include a new notification centre and the ability to install apps to the memory card going as per current rumours. Upping the ante, Microsoft has announced a new set of hardware partners which it will be working with to make new Windows Phone handsets. The list, that adds to the current list of manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung and HTC, mentions nine other brands: Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer and ZTE. Of course, the inclusion of Xolo and Karbonn in the list is of special interest to us, since these are based out of India, but Micromax doesn’t get a mention in the list. Lumia-1520-main2   What’s also interesting to note is the new set of capabilities being spoken about for the next release of Windows Phone. It will see support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 series of chipsets, plus a full range of cellular technologies covering LTE (TDD/FDD), HSPA+, EVDO and TD-SCMA. Furthermore, support for soft keys and dual SIMs will also be incorporated as per manufacturer interest, bringing the hardware set more in line with what’s being used for Android. This will certainly help those partners that are already manufacturing Android handsets. It may be too far fetched to imagine a smartphone that could dual-boot into Android and Windows Phone, but you never know… this is a dynamic world after all.

Heading the editorial shenanigans at the Gurgaon headquarters, Deepak is gadget freak like no other. He’s been writing on technology for over 14 years, having worked at Digit Magazine, T3 and Engadget, to name a few. Known to switch his primary phone every three to four days, he's looking to own 91 mobile phones so he can justify his position as editor of 91mobiles. He’s usually reviewing the latest smartphone or tablet, and always has a good idea for a feature. His other responsibilities include being the voice of calm among an unruly bunch of writers.
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