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Huawei Plans To Launch Dual Boot Android-Windows Phone Smartphones In The US

Huawei is no stranger to the Windows Phone environment as the company has been selling smartphones running on Microsoft’s mobile platform. The company is also known for its several Android smartphone models and in fact IDC’s report last January ranks Huawei as third overall worldwide in terms of shipment volume.

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Now the company wants to combine both the Windows Phone environment and the Android system into one device. This dual boot device is expected to be released in the US by the second quarter of this year.

Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, said that the company is still committed to making Windows Phone devices however they think that it becomes more interesting if it were offered alongside Android by coming up with a dual OS device.

Despite placing its full support on Windows Phone Yang said that Microsoft’s mobile operating system will still continue to play second fiddle to Android. “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.”

In an interview with TrustedReviews Yang said that “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 can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2.”

A dual boot device has the possibility of offering customers the best of both worlds. The question right now is how it is going to be implemented. Right now we have devices running on just one operating system and it even has some bugs present, what more when the device is designed to run on two operating systems. For this to be successful Huawei’s engineers must make sure that the dual boot device functions well on both the Windows Phone and the Android environment.

One stumbling block to the idea of a dual boot smartphone is that Google may not approve of it. Just lately it was rumored that the launch of the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 has been postponed following pressure from Google. This device that runs on Android and Windows was first revealed at CES 2014 and is scheduled for release this March. Another deivce, the Samsung Ativ Q, which is a touchscreen notebook that dual boots between Android and Windows was also quietly discontinued before it even went on sale.

via trustedreviews

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  1. I looked at it briefly. It’s not going to be a hit, there is no way. They’re really not even marketing the device to regions that would be really interested in it. Seems to me that it’s just another bad idea in a very limited market.

  2. So, did you do the research? What do you think? I don’t really think it’s going to be anywhere near a hit.

  3. You know, Ramos has just announced a Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, dual booting device. Lets see what Google and Microsoft do about this.

  4. I’m sure Microsoft and Google will get after them if their product ever gains any traction. Then again, they may not want it to see the light of day at all. 😉

  5. Exactly. There are a few manufacturers from India as well who are doing this. Have to see what happens to them.

  6. Google did act on this, and now the product’s development is halted, for the good. It would not have been a great hit anyway.

  7. Yeah, who knows what’s going on in the business end. It seems absurd that Huawei though this would be a good idea in the first place. Makes you wonder what they’re thinking.

  8. But I don’t think its inked down in their contracts. if that was the case, Huawei wouldn’t even have thought of doing something like this. But then again, this is just a thought.

  9. Well in that case Google will be pissed. And Google has clearly shown its resentment in the dual boot phone.

  10. Yeah. There is a report today that says neither of two software giants are happy with this. The report also says that Huawei has shelved the project for now. Guessed this was coming? 🙂

  11. They did that because they thought Windows is increasing the market share of Linux. But here, it’s the opposite. Android’s popularity will lead to increased market share of Windows Phone.

  12. There’s no doubt Google and Microsoft are NOT going to be happy with this. They’re competitors, after all.

  13. I’ll tell you right now, it’s not going to be very popular, especially with the S5 and One currently being the star of the smartphone market. Until we hit the third quarter, it’s probably the worse time to release a smartphone, unless you can get some decent marketing behind it. Samsung, HTC and LG are the stars of the market right now–and that’s all that’s being advertised to the public.

  14. Pretty sure that Windows won’t be to thrilled about it either. They went lengths to disable dual boot in Windows 8 for Laptops and Desktops after all.

  15. This would be good. I love Android, but it would be good to try out Microsoft’s offering without have to shell out more money, and without having to take care of another device.

  16. There was a report that Google is apparently not happy with manufacturers releasing devices which boot both Android and Windows. And it is surprising to see Huawei still ready to go ahead with the launch.

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