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    Just in case anyone was writing off Windows Phone 7:

    Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung all on board -- Engadget

    Microsoft is no stranger to having partners galore in the phone business, but its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch is no less impressive. After plenty of rumoring, Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, in addition to ASUS, LG, and Samsung who had already been confirmed. All of these companies should have their stamp on hardware by the end of the year, with the launch of the OS still vaguely slated for the "holidays." We have no doubt that all five manufacturers can build some compelling, sexy hardware, but we're particularly enthused to see Dell really getting into the game after the impressive Streak and that drool-worthy leak a little while back. It's a good time to be alive if you're a person who buys or uses phones.

    It sounds like Microsoft is going to try to follow the Android playbook of shotgunning their mobile OS on to multiple devices and manufacturers. One has to wonder how much room there will be for Palm on the carrier portfolios or retail displays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UntidyGuy View Post
    Just in case anyone was writing off Windows Phone 7:

    Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung all on board -- Engadget

    Microsoft is no stranger to having partners galore in the phone business, but its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch is no less impressive. After plenty of rumoring, Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, in addition to ASUS, LG, and Samsung who had already been confirmed. All of these companies should have their stamp on hardware by the end of the year, with the launch of the OS still vaguely slated for the "holidays." We have no doubt that all five manufacturers can build some compelling, sexy hardware, but we're particularly enthused to see Dell really getting into the game after the impressive Streak and that drool-worthy leak a little while back. It's a good time to be alive if you're a person who buys or uses phones.

    It sounds like Microsoft is going to try to follow the Android playbook of shotgunning their mobile OS on to multiple devices and manufacturers. One has to wonder how much room there will be for Palm on the carrier portfolios or retail displays.
    Plenty if it's well-timed. HP is ostensibly going to be able to "shotgun" WebOS on lots of mobile devices and slates that will extend their visibility beyond retail space in a Best Buy or Verizon Wireless store. Combine that with a similarly widespread launch of WebOS 2.0 across multiple carriers, new apps, and new bought-off developers on top-of-the-line hardware, and there's a definite lane they can occupy.

    The question is whether this is their actual plan. Other than broad reassurances, they haven't really revealed any strategy yet, which means they're probably not anything near ready to execute effectively. So it's all moot until then. Many of us will move on. the market is moving on. I hope they do well on the other side of that.
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    It seems to me that a smart company like HP will look at the hyper-crowded consumer smartphone market competition over the next year: Apple, Androids, Windows Phone, RIM and decide to play on their enterprise strengths and not jump into this fray.

    There's just no way that there is going to be a significant ad blitz by HP without a major investment from one of the carriers with a Palm as their hero smartphone.
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    I think trying to make it a "hero" of any carrier is a HUGE mistake. There's no carrier loyalty to any brand, even with money behind it. A year ago, the Hero devices on Verizon and Sprint were the Blackberry Storm and the Palm Pre. That changed pretty quickly.

    HP needs to finish the OS, put out sterling hardware, then get these all over the place at a good introductory price with mandatory cheap/free mobile hotspot app,

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