Microsoft suggests renewed HTC collaboration

Microsoft could renew its partnership with HTC in order for a more diverse range of handsets to be available on the Windows Phone platform.

Nick Parker, head of Microsoft’s OEM division, told a packed press conference at Computex that HTC could see be back in the Windows Phone fold, according to CNET.

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"I'd love to break some news here if I could," said Parker, after being asked about device partners. "But instead I'll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited."

The hints at HTC’s return comes just a few days after a Tweet from @evleaks suggested that HTC is ready to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 device known as W8 that will first see the light of day on Verizon’s US network in Q3 2014.

In terms of a device specification, it’s rumoured that it will have HTC BoomSound as well as Duo camera and rumours of it being a One M8 replica are unfounded as it will reportedly be a mid-range handset taking advantage of Windows Phone 8.1 on-screen button support.

In terms of a device specification, it’s rumoured that it will have HTC BoomSound as well as Duo camera and rumours of it being a One M8 replica are unfounded as it will reportedly be a mid-range handset taking advantage of Windows Phone 8.1 on-screen button support.

HTC has released a clutch of Windows Phone devices in the past and the most recent was the HTC Windows Phone 8X that saw the light of day in late 2012 with a nice mix of features that presented Windows Phone fans a further choice at the higher end of the Windows Phone selection.

Parker used the same press conference the unveil a range of other manufacturers that are also designing Windows Phone devices including low-cost phones from the likes of Prestigio, InFocus, Yezz and a handful of others that were all on display.