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No dual boot device coming afterall

Only a few days ago, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei said that it was working on a dual boot smartphone that would run the Android and Windows Phone operating systems. Huawei had said that the dual OS devices would make it easier for buyers to decide to purchase a Windows Phone device (by having a fallback to Android).
 
The smartphone maker has apparently had second thoughts on that dual OS device and is stepping away from that decision.
 
"Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers," the company said in a 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."
 
Huawei had previously gone so far as to say that the dual boot smartphone would be on the market in the U.S. in Q2.
 
Following this latest statement, Huawei will continue to make Windows Phone and Android devices separately.
 
A spokesperson for the company said, "Microsoft is still a key global partner of Huawei Consumer Business Group. As long as the consumers continue to demand Windows, we will continue to supply them."
 
There have been reports that other firms working on dual boot Android and Windows products came under pressure from both Google and Microsoft to ditch those plans.

Source: fierce wireless



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Marketing came face to face with Engineering
By dgingerich on 3/20/2014 1:22:59 PM , Rating: 2
Likely, they had engineers working on making this happen for the last several months, only to figure out that it just wasn't possible.




By ComputerJuice on 3/20/2014 1:31:44 PM , Rating: 3
More likely they got a nasty letter from both microsoft & google saying they would be "displeased" to see an action such as this. Which from these 2 mega-corps is probably enough of a veiled threat to make them change their mind.


RE: Marketing came face to face with Engineering
By djdjohnson on 3/20/2014 1:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has been encouraging this idea. This stinks of pressure from Google.


By sprockkets on 3/20/2014 9:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
Supposedly they did. But then they didn't want dual boot tablets.

Probably still true with phones though, even if it would be a horrible experience for most users. I'd get a dual boot nokia though :)


By blueaurora on 3/21/2014 7:35:43 AM , Rating: 2
I think they renigged on that gamble after they announced licenses for Win 8 for lower end devices would be cut drastically to almost nothing.

I still think dual boot wouldn't hurt them. I would buy one.


RE: Marketing came face to face with Engineering
By ritualm on 3/20/2014 2:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
No, there are no technical limitations to building such a product. Huawei cannot build it nonetheless because Google's "Open Handset Alliance" explicitly forbids Android phones from running any other mobile OS.


RE: Marketing came face to face with Engineering
By dgingerich on 3/21/2014 9:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
Ever try to get Red Hat 6 to dual boot with Windows Server 2012 on a UEFI machine? It's like pulling teeth. It is possible, but remarkably difficult. Each OS wants to be the only one in the UEFI boot manager.

Booting a phone is more complicated. The boot manager is an exclusive item. In order to get a dual boot phone, they'd have to design a full software switch to manage two BIOS and POST procedures and boot managers. They'd have to do it with four different chips, two for each OS, and add a fifth to manage the pre-boot OS selection. On top of that, they would have to set up different storage for each OS, separate from the main storage. They couldn't just put both OSes onto the main storage. They'd conflict in many ways. That would significantly increase the complexity and cost of the phone.

There are plenty of technical reasons why it couldn't work.


By Piiman on 3/22/2014 12:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well I have a dual booting WebOS and Android tablet. Didn't seem all that hard to implement. It just took a few guys and a couple of weeks of their spare time.


By Motoman on 3/20/2014 2:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's plenty possible. It was just a horrifically stupid idea.


By Arsynic on 3/20/2014 12:15:34 PM , Rating: 2
Shot from the hip it seems.




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