Windows Phone in its current form is dead, and many hardware manufacturers from around the world have come to accept this. The latest in Lenovo, and as expected, the company has no plans to support the platform going forward.
Microsoft continues to support Windows Phone but only in small ways. When it comes down to market share, Windows Phone is losing out on a regular basis. Strangely enough, it gained 00.5 percent back in August, which is likely due to the release of the Windows 10 Mobile handset from HP.
However, to make any meaningful different, it would have to gain a lot more than 00.5 percent, and that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Lenovo knows this, which is why the company’s COO Gianfranco Lanci, said at the Canalys Channel Forum 2016 in Barcelona, that Lenovo has no plans to release a Windows Phone smartphone anytime soon.
I don’t see the need to introduce a Windows Phone and I am not convinced Microsoft is supporting the phone for the future.
Lanci is definitely making the right decision here. There’s no need to release a Windows Phone handset, and seeing as how Microsoft is barely supporting the platform, it makes the situation that more dire.
We should point out that Lenovo released the Softbank 503LV back in July. It was only launched in Japan, and from this statement, chances are, it will never be released outside of the country. What we are seeing here is Lenovo calling it quits, and will likely focus its attention on Android.
While we’d love to see more Windows Phone devices on the market, we can’t disagree with Lanci. Microsoft supports Android more than its own, and that’s a major problem. Furthermore, all Microsoft apps are available on other platforms, but Google and Apple aren’t showing the same love outside of their own platform.