Huawei not building dual-OS Android/WP8 handsets after all

March 19, 2014
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As recently as last week, Huawei’s chief marketing officer Shao Yang was talking up the possibility of Hauwei handsets that could run both Windows Phone and Android, giving consumers more choices as to the OS they wish to utilize.

When speaking in favor of the concept, Yang said that a dual booting strategy made sense because if a handset “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.” Fast-forwarding to today, and it seems that Huawei has already changed its mind.

In a statement to Fierce Wireless, Huawei says that “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.” So why the change of heart? Likely for the same reason that Asus is pulling the plug on its Dual-OS laptop hybrid.

Dual-booting appears to be a concept that Google and Microsoft aren't too keen on

As you might have heard, the WSJ recently reported that the Asus Transformer Book Duet is being shelved ahead of its expected launch, in large part due to Microsoft and Google’s opposition of the idea of dual booting the two platforms. While the report didn’t say for certain, it also seems likely that Intel’s entire Dual OS platform — which runs both Android and Windows 8 — will be abandoned as well.

Up until now, it has been unclear whether the Windows Phone and Android dual-booting effort would meet the same fate, especially since the rumor mill claimed Microsoft directly supported the concept in order to bring more attention towards its fledgling mobile OS. Huawei’s reversal on its dual-booting plans makes it pretty clear, however, that dual-booting is a concept that Google and Microsoft aren’t too keen on.

What do you think, would dual-booting Windows Phone/Android devices have made sense, or are you glad to see the plans for such devices canceled before they could get off the ground?

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