Huawei to release an Android-Windows Phone dual-OS smartphone in the US next quarter

Huawei to release an Android-Windows Phone dual-OS smartphone in the US next quarter

China's Huawei will release anAndroid-Windows Phone dual-OS handset in the US next quarter. Thenews came from a high tier in the company's hierarchy, namely ShaoYang, Chief Marketing Officer of devices. “Compared to Android,the priority of Windows Phone is much lower, but is still one of ourchoices of OS. We are definitely using a multi-OS strategy, as inAndroid and Windows together." - revealed the CMO,boasting that ”dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer.”

Mr. Yang makes it clear that Huaweiwill support Windows Phone, but wants to offer it alongside a morefamiliar operating system like Android. "If it's Windows-only,maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. Ifthey have Android and Windows together, they can change it as theywish, and it will be much easier for people to choose Windows Phone."- he believes.

This strategy will probably ring a sournote within Google's collective hearing, because the Androiddeveloper is strongly opposed to the Android-Windows Phonedual-booting concept. It doesn't take a marketing genius to realizethat such devices will let Microsoft, a fierce Google competitor,easily take advantage of Android's popularity to increase WindowsPhone's market share, while Mountain View sees zero benefit.Moreover, Microsoft's Devices and Services business makes up to $2billion profit per year from Android patent royalties - which isoffset by the division's overall losses.

That, and accusations of spying for theChinese army by the US government don't seem to bother Huawei verymuch. Being the world's third largest smartphone maker probably helpswith the confidence. Either way, Mr. Yang confirmed that the dual-OShandset "will be on sale in the US in Q2”, and revealed thatthe company is "definitely looking at other platforms" inthe meantime. "We need to watch every OS", said the CMO,but added that Huawei isn't "very clear" on Samsung'shome-grown Tizen OS. Tizen's future in smartphones is ratherquestionable at the moment, with Samsung predominantly using it forsmart-TV and smart-watches.

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1. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Hmm... Interesting.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But Google is worried about this.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7437; Member since: Mar 16, 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: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

I thought google was against dual OS devises. They made Asus drop their plans for a Dual OS laptop/ tablet.

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

They are against it, as article states. Thats the beauty of Android being open source. Ask Nokia and Amazon

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It should come with at least 32GB memory to make-up for the combined bloatware.

7. loveparadise1990

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

it's interesting,but I think it won't get backing of many people

9. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

A win for consumers, convinient choice is better.

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