Windows Phone has long struggled with manufacturer support, and even with the license fee waived (rumoured to have been $15 per handset), we haven’t exactly been inundated with non-Lumia WinPho devices.
That might be about to change from early next year, however, with a spanking new rumour suggesting Taiwanese manufacturer Acer is on the verge of launching a “slew” of Windows Phones.
Acer churned out the little-known W4 WinPho handset way back in 2011, back when we were still on Windows Phone 7. More recently - three years later - it vowed to stay away from the OS, but Gizbot hears different.
Here’s the juicy bit: “We heard that Acer would never make a Windows-powered handset again. Well, it seems that Acer is relooking to unveil a slew of Windows Phone smartphones next year.
“Exact information and launch details have been kept under tight wraps, however, we've been told that the company could launch its new Windows Phone lineup in the first half of 2015.”
A “first half” launch immediately has us wondering if we might meet one – or some – of these Acer Windows Phones at CES 2015 in January, or perhaps Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in February.
In any case, the term “slew” suggests we’ll meet a range of handsets with different specs and varied price points. Acer isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone player, though the recent Liquid Jade was kinda sorta ok.