One might automatically assume that Nokia, HTC, Samsung or any one of Microsoft's other Windows Phone 8 partners would be upset with the potential idea of Microsoft creating its own smartphone. The company recently introduced its Surface tablets and there's been plenty of speculation that it has its plans to build its own smartphone hardware, too. Nokia, for its part, appears to welcome the idea.

Speaking during an investor conference recently, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the move would "certainly [be] a stimulant to the ecosystem," but that there are "no indications" right now that Microsoft is on the track to build a Surface phone. While increased competition could be bad for Nokia, it would help increase the Windows Phone platform, which could end up being a good thing. "We're encouraging of HTC and Microsoft or whomever to have devices in the market and to be making whatever investments that helps spur the ecosystem on," he added.

Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices, including the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920, are expected to hit the market early next month.

[via The Verge]