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.
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.