During a panel on the 3/11/11Â at the Open Mobile World conference Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTEâ€™s U.S. division expressed the belief that there was a distinct role for Windows Phone 7 as the third ecosystem.
â€œI do believe the industry needs another operating system to keep competition healthy,â€ Cheng said.
Unlike Sony Ericsson chief technology officer Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, who said â€œWeâ€™re an all Android company now,â€ Cheng affirmed that ZTE is committed to both Windows and Android.
He predicted, â€œI think next year you will see Windows will come back strongly.â€
Kevin Packingham, a senior vice president at Samsung, agreed.
â€œI would never characterize Microsoft as a â€˜hedge your betsâ€™ strategy,â€ he said. â€œWe have a great partnership with Google, but Microsoft has done some very innovative things which will make it very popular.â€
ZTE is showing their commitment by releasing the ZTE Tania, which has a 4.3â€ TFT LCD screen, HSPA+ data speeds, and a 1.0 GHz single-core processor. The phone also has a new 5-megapixel rear camera, no front-facing camera, and 4 GB of storage. It will be launched in Europe Q4 2011, and in China early January, 2012. (Full specsâ€¦)
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