Top Vole Andy Lees, who is the head of the WP7 team, and who remember from old, said that Qualcomm chips were still the dogs’ bollocks in his eyes and would be the only game in town for the devices that ship running his software.
He said that Microsoft works only with Qualcomm to develop chips that power handsets using its system. He said there is no plan to work with other semiconductor makers for Windows Phone 7 devices.
Although to be fair with a quote like that, the rumours will still be bounding off the wall. After all Vole is currently working on Windows 8.
Microsoft is currently in the final stages of rolling out the Mango (Windows Phone 7.1) update to current handset owners, and as new devices reach the market, the company’s mobile strategy for the holiday sales cycle is taking shape. Nokia, a major partner, is expected to reveal its line of handsets next week at its Nokia World event.
Lees expects the cost of Windows Phone handsets to decrease over time thanks to increased production and lowering component costs. This will mean that Microsoft can compete on price as well as features.