Huawei Shelves Plans for Smartphone That Runs Windows, Android
The vendor's decision comes a week after reports that Asus was ditching a dual-OS convertible system under pressure from Microsoft and Google.Huawei Technologies reportedly is backing away from plans to launch a smartphone that can run both Windows Phone and Android, refuting statements made by an executive earlier this month. Huawei Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang told news site Trusted Reviews in a March 13 report that the tech vendor in the second quarter would release a smartphone that could be switched between either operating system as a way of helping buyers embrace Microsoft's OS and of expanding the reach of Huawei's mobile ambitions. "If it is Windows [Phone] only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone," Yang told the site. "If they have the Android and Windows [Phone] together, you can change it as you wish and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone." However, company officials are now saying that their intentions have changed between the time Yang spoke with Trusted Reviews and now. In a statement to FierceWireless, Huawei executives said they intend to continue working with both Google and Microsoft, but that there would be no dual-OS device any time soon.
"Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach toward mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers," the company said in the statement. "However, most of our products are based on Android OS, [and] at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future."