Verizon was very early on, rumoured to be taking on Nokia Lumias back in January, but we are yet to see any confirmation of such things. Verizon has been pretty lukewarm to Windows phone but now, CNet reports that Verizon are willing to assist Microsoft’s 3rd ecosystem, and therefore Nokia.
Verizon is said to be ‘fully supportive’. With a third major option, Verizon, like AT&T, can be less dependent on iOS and Android devices. As the largest network in America, Verizon also has a huge base of basic phone users, to which, Nokia Lumia WP is an excellent option for them when they decide to upgrade. Over a week ago we heard of some rumours of what one of the handsets for Verizon might be.
- Lumia PureView (possibly 12mp)
- ClearBlack HD display
- Dual Core MSM8960
- “The new Qualcomm S4 chip blew out the competition on the two Web-browser-based benchmarks.”
- “Adreno 225 GPU. Graphics performance was solid, and surprisingly, better than the Nvidia chip’s (NVidia’s tegra powered device apparently being the fastest android device they’ve tried)”
- Basically, this is a very decent chip. But for Now. We already know how fast Lumia are on a single core processor. They might see a performance increase when WP8 meets dual core much more so than an equivalent Droid. It’s very much needed for marketing at least (e.g. If you say the 900 has dual core, the daily performance might make some folk believe that’s the case – the same ones that mock simply based on specs).
An equity analyst (we love that word) at Standard and Poor, Todd Rosenbluth, speculated:
It hints that there’s a Nokia device that could appear on the Verizon network in the near future
Verizon CFO pointed out that Verizon’s backing of Android is why it has caught on. The Droid branding belongs to Verizon – it’s the term a lot of us might refer to those handsets as (though possibly prior to Verizon claiming a stake on it). With Verizon’s muscle, perhaps they can also help push Lumia/WP further.
We created the Android platform from the beginning and it is an incredible platform today that we helped to create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem
Cheers prashant for the tip