One of the bigger Android advocates is reportedly joining the Windows Phone ranks later this year. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Asus, maker of devices like the Transformer Pad Infinity and PadFone 2, is ready to put some serious resources behind Microsoft’s latest mobile phone platform.
Asus’ presence in the Windows Phone fight likely won’t have a market-altering impact, but the company is certainly well-known and respected, so we imagine some good things are afoot. Will Asus enjoy the same success with Microsoft’s darling as it has with Android? That remains to be seen, but diversifying its portfolio will hopefully see Asus continue to innovate and push its engineering limits.
The Wall Street Journal says that the first Windows Phone 8 device might actually be a PadFone-like handset, which can also act as a tablet. When will Asus’s secret Windows Phone project materialize? Your guess is as good as mine. Mobile World Congress is coming up, so maybe we’ll see something there.