Huawei not planning a dual-OS smartphone after all

Huawei not planning a dual-OS smartphone after allHuawei has dismissed rumours that it's working on a dual-OS smartphone running both Android and Windows Phone 8, though it does plan to produce handsets on both platforms over the course of 2014.

This after a company executive spilled the dual-OS beans earlier this month, even going as far as to say the dual-OS Huawei would go on sale in the US before mid-year.

“Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers,” a company statement reads.

“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.”

That's a significant change to what Huawei device CMO Shao Yang was saying just last week.

“With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS,” he told Trusted Reviews. “Dual OS as in Android and Windows together.”

There was more: “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, and it will be on sale in the U.S. in Q2.”

It appears Yang wasn't misquoted, however, with a Huawei spokeswoman claiming that it's simply a case that plans have changed.

But that doesn't mean Windows Phone will be left out in the cold.

“Microsoft is still a key global partner of Huawei Consumer Business Group,” the statement emphasises. “As long as the consumers continue to demand Windows, we will continue to supply them.”

Via Fierce Wireless

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