Qualcomm has let it be known that for the immediate future, all new Mango devices will still run on Qualcommâ€™s processors.
â€œQualcomm has a long history of working closely with Microsoft and we continue to support the launches of new Windows Phones based on our Snapdragon processors. We are excited about this next Windows Phone Mango release that will leverage the synergy of our highly integrated second generation Snapdragon solution and Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone software,â€ said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group.
Working on a very closed and consistent platform has allowed Microsoft to wring performance out of the more than 2 year old Snapdragon processors which still beat dual core 1.4 Ghz devices running Android.
On the other hand having more chipset OEMS to chose from will give Windows Phone manufacturers more bargaining power and allow greater differentiation of devices around features and form factors, so in the long term Microsoftâ€™s close partnership with Qualcomm is not sustainable.
ST-Ericsson has already said they expect to power a number of Nokiaâ€™s Windows Phone 7 handsets, most of which are coming next year.