Earlier this month a version of HTC’s One (M8) running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS leaked out on Verizon’s website, sparking rumors that Microsoft and HTC could be working together on an upcoming handset. Now a new report from MobileBurn suggests the alleged M8 variant might just be the beginning of their partnership, with more HTC Windows Phones already in the works.
According to a MobileBurn source working in HTC’s marketing department the company sees an opportunity for growth with Windows Phone, though it won’t be giving up on Android any time soon. HTC even considered making a Windows version of last year’s One (M7), but decided to hold off until the brand grew in popularity. The company also hinted at future Windows Phone devices in an interview earlier this summer, so the news doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
There’s no word on which devices could be next to get the Windows Phone treatment, though the One Mini 2, Desire 816 and One (E8) are all likely candidates. Whether or not HTC moves forward with its plans may depend on how well the rumored M8 variant sells. The device’s metal design could be a welcome change for Windows Phone fans bored with Nokia’s plastic handsets, but it’s still unclear if there’s enough interest in the operating system in general to support HTC.