Huawei Says Windows Phone is "Low Priority", Relegates It to Dual OS
March 13, 2014 11:21 AM
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The decision is a blow to Microsoft mobile hopes
Things sounded promising when Microsoft Corp.'s (
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 (
) industry-leading Android OS.
China's Huawei Technology
Comp., Ltd. (
) has seemingly jumped on that band wagon. In an interview with
, Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, indicates that dual-OS is the company's preferred strategy. He
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. (
) 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. (
) (the world's top phonemaker) and the Mozilla Foundation, who is
developing the new Firefox OS
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3/14/2014 12:07:18 AM
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.
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