Microsoft has announced its partnership with 20 device-manufacturing companies to pre-install apps on Android tablets. Some of the apps that would come pre-installed are Skype, Office and OneDrive. This can be marked as a huge step in making Microsoft for Android a huge success.
According to The Verge, Microsoft has made the deal mostly with regional manufacturers of specific countries, but with Sony and LG featured in the list, you can expect a lot of changes in the tablet industry. Axdia from Germany, Cube from China, Grupo Nucleo from Argentina, General Procurement from the United States and many more are featured in the list.
According to the press release issued by Microsoft, the Sony Xperia Z4 will come with the pre-installed apps and it will start shipping within 90 days. You may see some more results from the LG’s front in a few days as that has been hinted in the press release.
The press release states, “Our strategic agreements with these partners demonstrate how Microsoft is leveraging the scale of the hardware ecosystem, and working with partners in new ways to deliver rich experiences to our customers. This is a cornerstone of our cross-platform services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device.”
Though this is a cross-platform service Microsoft is leveraging upon, it would be too soon to comment on the future of Microsoft’s Android app development.
Microsoft already has deals with Samsung, Dell and Pegatron. The latest hit, Galaxy S6, has some apps already pre-installed. With the 20 agreements signed by the tech giant, the number went up to 31 and is expected to reach new heights in the future.