The tornado of deals that shook up the mobile technology industry last week could see a clutch of handset manufacturers fall into the hands of Microsoft’s new technology. Many think that the shift that is likely to follow the deals involving Google and Motorola, and HP could see handset makers move over to share a platform with Bill Gates and co.
Handset producer INQ’s CEO Frank Meehan, said, “We see a number of major vendors very seriously considering Windows Mobile as a core platform and therefore we are following their lead and examining it as well to complement our work in Android to date.”
The move could be bad news for Apple as yet another firm moves into the marketplace with devices that will be far cheaper than the iPhone. The rumors carry even more weight as HTC has a mystery event planned in London where the company will give their Windows Phone 7 devices a lot more fanfare.
Android could also see a spike in its tablet use after HP’s decision to abandon the touchpad earlier this weekend. According to reports, the device that was available at some outlets for just $99 may be able to run Android thanks to the scurrilous work of a group of hackers. Touchdroid will first allow users to load Android 2.3 Gingerbread onto the device before Honeycomb is developed and made ready for the device. HP announced it was discontinuing its WebOS hardware over the weekend and this led a number of stores across North America slashing the prices. If the news is true, then it will continue to give Android even more of a market share and make it more attractive to mobile gaming industry developers.