Huawei has cancelled the plans to launch a dual-boot smartphone that will be able to run both Android and Windows Phone operating systems. The company has backtracked from the previous statement of a manager, who announced this news previously.
The manufacturer will continue to collaborate with Microsoft and still considers it as a key global partner. As long as consumers continue to demand Windows Phone, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer will continue to provide it.
“Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems” the company told FierceWireless in a statement, “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 is expected to launch a new smartphone with Windows Phone sometime in this year, but abandoned the dual-OS project. However, the company didn’t tell the reason behind this decision and just merely stated that Huawei had changed its plan that was announced at the end of the February, after the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Interestingly, the move seems identical to that made by Asus, who had to postpone its dual OS device indefinitely, which is designed to run both Android and Windows 8.1.
As per previous reports, Asus would have been forced by Microsoft and Google to abandon Transformer Book Duet TD300 hybrid tablet. The idea would not have been liked by Microsoft because such a device would allow Android to reach the world of business, where Windows dominates. At the same time, Google might have afraid that a dual boot device may give away mobile market share, where Google is leading. There are possibilities that the same motivation might have forced Huawei to give up the project, because tech giants usually threat OEMs to do their way, although there is no official word yet.