ZTE, the worldâ€™s 5th largest handset OEM, has made its intent to eventually produce a Windows Phone 7 handset clear.
"It’s a likelihood that we’ll see ZTE be a part of those drivers of Windows platform-based products. But by and large whether â€“ no, it’s not whether, but when â€“ will be driven by market demand." said Wu Sa, Director of mobile device operations for ZTE UK
At present, like most independent handset OEMs, the company is concentrating on Android.
"Android at this moment in time is the best platform to answer the market need but we are closely monitoring the market for Windows Phone 7 smartphones.
"Our platform strategy is not driven by particular technological development; it’s purely driven by market demand so we cherry-pick technology to support that."
â€œWe have active R&D plans on the whole Windows Phone 7 platform product. Whether we expedite that process will be driven by the market demand.â€
â€œIt depends on a number of factors. The usability of this platform in terms of its user-friendliness and the networks in terms of bringing the product to the market.â€
In summary ZTE, like ASUS, is currently sitting on the fence, and it is up to Microsoft to prove there is demand for the operating system enough for them to commit.