Microsoft has announced the five partners that will be manufacturing Windows Phone 7-based handsets on its release later this year.
In a meeting with Pocket-Lint, Microsoft's senior product manager Greg Sullivan said that Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung would be launching smartphones running on the Windows Phone 7 platform before Christmas this year.
Sullivan also said that the company intended to offer the platform to as many people as possible, and revealed that Microsoft had no plans to restrict the phones to any one service provider in the UK or US.
He said: “We will offer the best aspects of Android and the best of the iPhone, giving users the flexibility of different form factors, but with the rigidity of apps that are guaranteed to work on every device that is out there.”
The company is banking on the "new wave of smartphone users" to make its platform a success.
Rumours have suggested that Dell will be installing Windows Phone 7 on its Dell Lightning smartphone. LG offer the new OS on its LG Pacific handset.