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The decision is a blow to Microsoft mobile hopes

Things sounded promising when Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) announced nine new Windows Phone commitments at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month.  But things took a strange turn last month when Karbonn Mobiles -- India's fourth largest phonemaker -- indicated it may only launch dual OS (or dual boot?) devices which feature Windows Phone, but also Google Inc.'s (GOOG) industry-leading Android OS.
 
China's Huawei Technology Comp., Ltd. (SHE:002502) has seemingly jumped on that band wagon.  In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, indicates that dual-OS is the company's preferred strategy.  He comments:

We are still committed to making Windows Phone devices.  Compared with 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.

With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together.

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.

We think the dual OS [device] can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2.

We are definitely looking at other platform.  For any new operating system we are open to. We need to watch every OS.... I think on this partner (Tizen) we are not very clear.

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With both Huawei and Karbonn it is unclear whether they are putting both OSs in the same phone (dual boot) or simply offering two different variants, one with Android and one with Windows Phone.
 
Calling Windows Phone "low priority and relegating it to Android's little helper is pretty embarrassing for Microsoft.  While any support for the world's third largest phonemaker (Huawei) is welcome, it's safe to say this wasn't what Microsoft was hoping for.



And Huawei's decision could affect some of the remaining seven international phonemakers who -- for now -- appear to remain committed to pure, exclusive Windows Phone offerings.  Could Microsoft's acquired Nokia Devices unit from Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) be left going it alone in terms of Windows Phone exclusives?  That's precisely what Microsoft was trying to avoid.
 
On the other hand, Huawei's comments surely will capture the attention of Tizen-developer Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) (the world's top phonemaker) and the Mozilla Foundation, who is developing the new Firefox OS.

Source: TrustedReviews



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RE: Win
By Flunk on 3/13/2014 12:17:25 PM , Rating: 1
I upgraded from an HTC HD7 to a LG Nexus 5, Android's Windows integration is pretty much the same and Windows Phones. You can just copy things across.

I still like Windows Phone, but 3rd party support is terrible so I gave it up for Android. No regrets really.


RE: Win
By Labotomizer on 3/13/2014 12:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
The HD7, while nice, was still a WP7 device. WP8 is substantially better with substantially better third party support.

That said, the slow development pace of WP updates made me decide to try a Note 3. I like the phone. I loved my Lumia 928. I miss it almost daily. While the apps weren't as plentiful, the WP8 native apps that followed the Metro design principles were better than their Android counterparts. As for stability, I've rebooted my Note 3 more times in the last 4 weeks than I did my Windows Phones the entire 3 years I had them.

With the talent and money that MS has there is absolutely no reason 8.1 should have taken so long. I think that's what bothers me more than 3rd party support. I had everything I needed. With 8.1 having Cortana, Action and Notification Centers along with VPN and some other support I'll likely get a new Nokia this summer. But I wouldn't have even tried Android again if MS wasn't slacking on the updates.


RE: Win
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: Win
By Labotomizer on 3/13/2014 7:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
I found the problem after two weeks. About twice a day the proximity sensor would get stuck on. If my hand got close to the top of the screen it would turn off. Not good when you have to touch your phone. Once I disabled all the bs Samsung sensors that stopped. It's been stable since.

Still, I was honest. I rebooted my last two phones maybe 3 times combined. I rebooted this one 14 times, at least, in two weeks.

I like the phone. I just prefer windows phone at this point. The 928 was less prone to being bogged down. If I'm typing here and an app updates the keyboard loses its mind. If I hit the home button and trigger the stupid Samsung magazine the whole thing slows to a crawl.

I won't say the 928 never did that but it did so far less often. With far slower software. It's far better than my DROID 2. But it still happens. From what I've read kit kat will help. Who knows, maybe I'll stay with Android but I'm not convinced at this point. I see why people like it but it's not as great as the Super fans make it out to be.


RE: Win
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 8:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Okay that sucks. But you can't blame "Android" for a defective sensor really.

Samsung's reach sometimes exceeds their grasp, granted. They try to cram a lot of value into the product, and it causes problems at times.

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If I hit the home button and trigger the stupid Samsung magazine the whole thing slows to a crawl.


Then reprogram how the Home button behaves :)

See I don't think you're truly utilizing the strengths of Android.


RE: Win
By Labotomizer on 3/14/2014 12:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
I wasn't blaming android as a whole. In fact I think your comparison to windows is close to the truth. Samsung has lots of extra crap running. Stock is likely a lot better. Much like a clean install of Windows compared to an OEM install.

I don't think you can change the magazine crap. It happens if you're at the home tab and hit the home button. Normally not an issue but if you're there and have the notification screen down and hit it then it triggers.

And I'm not highlighting the things that are better either. The spen is nice. In fact that's the reason I haven't rooted and installed a clean rom. The multiple clipboard for copy and paste is also awesome. Split screen comes in handy on occasion. Google Now is pretty cool and seems to get better with time. Add in the fact I didn't lose Office Mobile and XBOX music and it's not bad. Onedrive works well too. In fact those three are the reason I kept the phone past the two weeks.

I'm not unhappy with the phone. I just preferred Windows Phone. But I'm a gadget guy so I had to give Android a fair shake. I don't knock your opinion in the slightest nor do I try to convince people windows phone is better. I tell friends and coworkers what I like and show them the features. I'd rather see Google succeed than apple after all.


RE: Win
By retrospooty on 3/13/2014 1:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
"I upgraded from an HTC HD7 to a LG Nexus 5, Android's Windows integration is pretty much the same and Windows Phones. You can just copy things across."

To be honest, this isnt that Android or WP is good, they all do that. This is an area where Apple lacks, and all others are good. It's not that anyone is standing above the rest, Apple is just standing below the rest. It's quite simple. Plug in phone, appears as flash drive - copy files. WTF Apple?


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