Huawei Working on Smartphones that Run Android and Windows Phone OS
Published on: 14th Mar 2014
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Although Huawei is not wavering in its somewhat limited support for Windows Phone based devices, it is eying the market for dual OS smartphones as the way to go in future.
The company, which majors on Android OS based handsets, does produce a few Windows Phone based devices, but has indicated in the past that their market share doesn't warrant significant effort yet.
"We are still committed to making Windows Phone devices," Shao Yang, Huawei's Chief Marketing Officer told TrustedReviews, but added "We think the dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2."
The approach could mirror that taken by Nokia recently with its X-Phone, that runs a customized version of Android and can ease Android users into the Windows Phone OS style of working.
A dual-OS smartphone might enable more BYOD usage where a person prefers Android for personal use, but has to have Windows Phone OS for work purposes.
The Huawei exec added: "If it is Windows only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. If they have the Android and Windows together, you can change it as you wish and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone."
He also did not rule out using other smartphone platforms, such as Tizen, but was very non-committal about anything.
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