The Mango update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone launched almost two weeks ago, so you’d expect its man in charge to be talking up the new smartphone OS. Perhaps it’s not quite as wise for Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, to lay into his better equipped rivals.
Last time we checked, Windows Phone held a 5.7 per cent share of the US smartphone market meaning Mango has a lot of catching up to do, not least with Android. That didn’t stop Lees taking aim at Google’s Android OS for its perceived instability.
“I think Android is heading down this chaotic phase. We want to enable OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), we want to enable operators, but we don’t want chaos,” commented a brash Lees to the Seattle Times.
“If you’ve used some of the (Android) phones, some of them are great, but some of them are not great. But it’s random. And it feels like, with some of them, that you’ve had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing.”
While the wide variety of competing Android smartphone manufacturers naturally leads to a handsets of differing quality, this is a fairly easy complaint for Lees to cite considering Windows Phone runs on only a handful of mobiles.
Lees also stated his disproval for the iPhone 4S’ launch agreeing with the notion that it was a “missed opportunity” and that, “From a pure hardware perspective, I was surprised they’re not giving the consumer more choice.”
In order to take a real stranglehold on the smartphone market, Microsoft will be hoping their tie-up with Nokia bears fruit. Nokia is to announce its first handset running Windows phone at the Nokia World trade show in London later this month.