Verizon, Google downplay Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 gets downplayed by Google, Verizon
Windows Phone 7 gets downplayed by Google, Verizon

Microsoft is all set to formally introduce its Windows Phone 7 platform Monday (check out our ultimate preview) and Verizon and Google are already trying to downplay it. It’s like they say: Haters gonna hate.

In a long-ranging interview with CNET, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam didn’t sound too impressed with the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 7. We already know that a device with Microsoft’s next platform won’t hit Verizon until at least the middle of 2011.

“I can’t really say which phones we’ll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft,” McAdam said. “But clearly in the U.S. there are three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.”

He also said that Microsoft is not “at the forefront of our mind.” Geez, do you think Verizon is still cheesed off that the Microsoft Kin lineup was such a fantastic failure?

In all actuality, Verizon probably just doesn’t want to be too effusive in its praise of Windows Phone 7 until it has something to offer. If you’re in the United States, you’ll only be able to get a Windows Phone7 smartphone on AT&T and T-Mobile in 2010.

Additionally, Verizon is a major reason why Android has been a success and it wants you to buy a Droid X this holiday season.

Speaking of Android, in a separate interview, Google Android head Andy Rubin also discussed the upcoming Microsoft platform. He said Windows Phone 7 is “interesting” but he questions why it even exists.

I think the screen shots I’ve seen are interesting, but look, the world doesn’t need another platform … I think it’s good to have the benefit of choice, but in the end I don’t think the world needs another platform.

The rationale behind this one is clear, as Android is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s upcoming platform for consumers and device manufacturers.

[Via CNET, PC Mag]

  • terry treakle

    now we need or at least i need windows mobile 7 as a stream alot of asx,asf,mms ectand you need windows media player to do that so for me android and apple os are totaly worhtless and i cant wait for that awesome windows mobile 7 to come out

  • mobile user

    More competition in the market is always good. It results in better devices and OS’s.

  • Ruffy

    oh come on. even the name “Windows Phone 7” sounds weak. You need a thing called “branding” for this, and you need customers to feel like they got a good gadget!

  • I have to agree with all the other comments. A free market is a good thing. I’m honestly not very enthusiastic about windows7 mobile but competition, all in all, is what makes the system move faster. Just take a look into what happened to windows after having smashed all its competitors… 95 did!

  • Mugs

    After the Kin fiasco who’s going to be stupid enough to be first in line for their phone?

  • Howard

    It looks like WP7 would have been the ZunePhone, but it looks like Microsoft wanted to associate it more with the more successful Windows 7 OS brand than Zune. They’re still selling them, but when is the last time you heard anything about Zune — or know of any one who actually owns and uses Microsoft’s iPod alternative?

    • Nocfury

      I find Zune to be a vastly superior device to the iPod, and fully expect WP7 to be superior to the iPhone as well. Microsoft probably made the right call to go with the “7” brand rather than “Zune”, because you’re right it’s a very under-appreciated device.

  • marin

    Microsoft brought the heat today with all those devices and the demos. Is it enough to overcome Apple, Android and the others? I’m not quite sure. Still, can’t wait to get some more time with these handsets.

  • Defining with one word: Jealousy

    • Anonymous

      Yup. Jealous of Microsofts 2% mobile marketshare right?

    • Alphaxi3

      The appropriate response is FEAR!!!!!! LOL

  • Phmurphy

    That’s hilarious, he said the world doesn’t need another platform, and since windows mobile was here first I guess that means the world didn’t really need android. I need a real workhorse of a phone/pda. I do real work like vegetation studies and wetland delineation where I can use a $75 external bluetooth to navigate in the boondocksusing ArcPad, collect vegetation data on a program I wrote for windows mobile using Visual Studio. I also wrote a program for wetland delineation that runs on the high end GPS units like Trimble. I never really needed android or RIM. I really do need a good Windows Mobile device. I hope this is it. I am on Verizon and am going to stick with it because it has the best boondock coverage. I can wait, my HP 211 is working just fine for now, and my cheap phone is 100% good enough. I really want the PDA to make a comeback but I know that ain’t gonna happen.

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