An article from Wall Street Journal purports that Microsoft is developing an in-house smartphone with the help of Asian suppliers. When asked to comment about the rumor, Microsoft officials offered no answer other than that of its current partnerships with Nokia, HTC and Samsung, of which Redmond states that they're quite happy with. Whether that declaration holds ground is still up in the air though, as IDC smartphone statistics show that Windows Phones only take up about 2% of the market at 3.6 million phones shipped, a stark contrast to Android's dominance with 136 million phones. With such a weak position compared to its rivals, a Microsoft-built phone does make sense - considering that the software giant has had success with hardware in the Xbox 360 and a promising future for Surface. If the Microsoft-made smartphone does indeed materialize, it will perhaps inch the company closer to taking the reins of elusive success in the mobile phone race.