These new Windows Phone 8 partners will supplement the existing Windows Phone partners HTC, Samsung and Huawei, according to company officials who shared the updated list at the MWC show.

These changes announced on Monday will certainly add more appeal and higher volume to the platform around the world. The changes are good for Microsoft to indirectly address growing concerns that its upcoming acquisition of Nokia's device division would limit the interest of outside manufacturers.

Microsoft also announced details about the next Windows Phone update, presumably 8.1, which should be arriving in spring 2014. It is believed that it will bring support for low-end devices (such as those with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of storage), as well as better support for non-touch devices.

The new version of the platform will also support phones with Snapdragon 200 and 400 chipsets, as well as dual SIM devices, paving way for low and mid-range device makers.

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