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Andy Lees: Windows Phone to get NFC and ‘wider hardware choice’ next year

TIMN: At Asia D today, Andy Lees gave a few details on the future of Windows Phone, including support for both NFC in 2012 and LTE at some point in the future. Just as importantly, Lees made some references to other changes in the Windows Phone hardware front. Windows Phone hardware has become quite stale since it was originally released to consumers, in part because of Microsoft’s strategy of tightly controlling OEMs choices when it comes to key components like the processor, radio, and screen resolution. As Lees put it, “One of the things [Microsoft] wanted to stop was fragmentation. We locked a lot of things down.”

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