Wants to "focus on Android"; doesn't completely rule out WP7 enabled devices either
Asus seems to have picked a side in the mobile OS war, if the marketing manager of AsusTek (South Africa) is to be believed. Steven Tu elaborated, "As always, Garmin-Asus seeks the best for our consumers either on Android platform or on Windows platform. However, we see the potential of Android platform devices, so we are focusing on Android platform currently." This doesn't come as a surprise since Asus was conspicuous by its absence at the Windows 7 launch event in New York. However, the statement doesn't completely rule out WP7 devices from Asus.
This is an interesting development considering there is indeed a market catering to those who wish to look beyond Apple's iOS, but the stance Asus has taken portends a grim direction, where manufacturers may prefer going for an open source alternative to Apple. If Asus' statements are to be deduced inductively, Android makes sense for those intending to switch from Apple's restrictive monopoly, instead of going for something a bit more open like WP7, but at the end of the day - still not open source. If this trend is taken up by others, Microsoft may have to pull some serious marketing muscle to make amends.