HTC: Windows Phone 7.5 can take on Android

An HTC executive has talked up the prospects of Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Mango, saying it could give Android 'a run for its money'

The launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, codenamed Mango, has received the thumbs-up from Taiwanese phone maker HTC.

Windows Phone Mango handset

An HTC executive has talked up the prospects of Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Mango, which he said addressed many of the 'inadequacies' of the platform. Photo credit: Ben Woods

The improvements and "addressing of inadequacies" by Microsoft have earned praise from handset partner HTC. According to Melvin Chua, country manager of Singapore at HTC, the company has received "positive feedback" since it launched its first Windows Phone 7 devices last year.

The executive, who was invited to speak at a launch event in Singapore, revealed to ZDNet UK's sister site ZDNet Asia on the sidelines of the event that phones powered by Microsoft's mobile OS accounted for 30 percent of HTC's overall unit sales since its launch. He also expects the figure to rise in the future. "We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money," Chua said.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see HTC: Windows Phone to outpace competitors on ZDNet Asia.


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