According to Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin, the same blogger who broke the news about the $1 billion offer to Samsung earlier last month, Microsoft is apparently flashing the cash at a number of firms in the hope they'll build a Windows Phone device.
Who wouldn't want $500m?
$500 million certainly seems like a big incentive, especially as Sony exclusively revealed to us at CES 2014 last week that is actively looking at Windows Phone.
Whilst rumours of a Sony Windows Phone emerged in 2012, these were quickly quashed by CEO Kunimasa Suzuki. Could $500 million be enough of a persuasion?
Rumours of a Windows Phone version of the HTC One seem to have been eliminated though, with no specific reference to the Taiwanese brand. It could be part of the $300 million earmarked to other developers, however.
Whatever the future holds for Windows Phone, it is clear that the American firm doesn't want to be the sole provider of its handset. After all, where's the fun in that?
Via Unwired View.
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