Huawei to release an Android-Windows Phone dual-OS smartphone in the US next quarter
China's Huawei will release an Android-Windows Phone dual-OS handset in the US next quarter. The news came from a high tier in the company's hierarchy, namely Shao Yang, Chief Marketing Officer of devices. “Compared to Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower, but is still one of our choices of OS. We are definitely using a multi-OS strategy, as in Android and Windows together." - revealed the CMO, boasting that ”dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer.”
Mr. Yang makes it clear that Huawei will support Windows Phone, but wants to offer it alongside a more familiar operating system like Android. "If it's Windows-only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. If they have Android and Windows together, they can change it as they wish, and it will be much easier for people to choose Windows Phone." - he believes.
This strategy will probably ring a sour note within Google's collective hearing, because the Android developer is strongly opposed to the Android-Windows Phone dual-booting concept. It doesn't take a marketing genius to realize that such devices will let Microsoft, a fierce Google competitor, easily take advantage of Android's popularity to increase Windows Phone's market share, while Mountain View sees zero benefit. Moreover, Microsoft's Devices and Services business makes up to $2 billion profit per year from Android patent royalties - which is offset by the division's overall losses.
"If they have Android and Windows together, they can change it as they wish, and it will be much easier for people to choose Windows Phone."That, and accusations of spying for the Chinese army by the US government don't seem to bother Huawei very much. Being the world's third largest smartphone maker probably helps with the confidence. Either way, Mr. Yang confirmed that the dual-OS handset "will be on sale in the US in Q2”, and revealed that the company is "definitely looking at other platforms" in the meantime. "We need to watch every OS", said the CMO, but added that Huawei isn't "very clear" on Samsung's home-grown Tizen OS. Tizen's future in smartphones is rather questionable at the moment, with Samsung predominantly using it for smart-TV and smart-watches.
10. sgodsell (Posts: 893; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
More like Microsoft is the one that is worried. Its expected that Android is suppose to sell around a billion smart phones in 2014. That's before Microsoft's Nokia announced 3 Android phones with a UI similar to WP. Microsoft wants to use the Android name to generate sales and revenue, because clearly not only the world can see, but microsoft can also see that WP is not up for the job. Look at sales of 8.8 million WP devices last quarter, and that's down from the previous quarter. Android has rose every quarter since it came out, and sold 226 million devices in the same quarter. Microsoft needs Android more then Android needs Microsoft.
Look at tablet sales for last year, 120 million Android tablets were sold last year, 70 million apple, 4 million Windows. To this day you still can't use WP apps on any Windows tablet. That won't come till 2015.
So I think you meant to say that Microsoft is worried, and has to use the competition in order to make money.
2. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
I thought google was against dual OS devises. They made Asus drop their plans for a Dual OS laptop/ tablet.
5. AstronautJones (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
They are against it, as article states. Thats the beauty of Android being open source.
Ask Nokia and Amazon
3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
What exactly would be the point of that? There is nothing WP can do that Android can't already do...
The only reason anyone would even CONSIDER a WP is if it's a Nokia with a good camera, or they are heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. Both of which are null in this case since 1) It's Huawei not Nokia, and 2) If they can be heavily invested in Microsoft's ecosystem (which cost a bomb), I'm sure they could already afford a Nokia instead.
6. papss (unregistered)
I have to agree with many of your statements.. If they are going to half as$ it I don't feel compelled to buy their products on WP.
I am invested in m$ so ill stay with them as my daily.
4. Lt.Green (Posts: 318; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
It should come with at least 32GB memory to make-up for the combined bloatware.
7. loveparadise1990 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)
it's interesting,but I think it won't get backing of many people
9. boblight (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Woah nice. Would be nice if I could switch between Android and windows phone. But hardware better be able to run both smoothly !
11. UglyFrank (Posts: 331; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Too bad Android can come out and say they don't want DualOS phones because they need to remain open. Just like they can't say that Nokia can't use android unless they have google services on board
12. Liveitup (Posts: 871; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
A win for consumers, convinient choice is better.