Microsoft Exec Dismisses Surface Phone Rumors, Disses Android and iOS

Paul Lilly

So much for not throwing stones from within a glass house.

Microsoft may seem destined to launch its own brand Surface Phone, and though it's possible the company eventually will, there are no immediate plans, said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Redmond's Windows Phone Division, at AllThingD's Dive Into Mobile conference earlier this week. Fair enough, but it was Myerson' comments about competing mobile platforms that we found most interesting.

When the conversation turned to mobile apps, Myserson called Android a "mess" and basically said iOS has become stale.

"It's a challenge, but if you look at the top 50 apps globally, we've got around 48 of those. There's tremendous innovation happening in apps. We love checking them out and promoting them, and it's exciting to watch them," Myerson said, according to AllThingsD . "At the same time, our unique experience comes from the built-in features. With iPhone, I sense that it's running out of steam. With iOS, [Apple] just added a fifth row of icons. Android is... kind of a mess. Look at Samsung -- there's clearly mutiny going on. The only OEM making money off of Android is Samsung."

Despite his criticism of the competition, Android and iOS sit at the top of the heap and collectively account for around 9 out of 10 mobile devices sold. Can Microsoft's Windows Phone platform compete? That remains to be seen, but one thing Myerson said his company is doing is focusing on just a handful of partners.

"We want the partners that are building Windows Phones to be successful," Myerson added. "We aren't going out and pushing for lots and lots of OEMs. For us, seeing HTC and Nokia successful is most important to us right now."

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