Hauwei, a company known for building smartphones among other products, has revealed to TrustedReviews that is planning to bring the first dual-boot smartphone running Windows Phone and Android software.
The news follows recent announcements from chip makers, such as Intel and AMD, trying to bring to the market Dual OS PCs, laptops, and tablets running Windows and Android operating systems.
According to the company the next Huawei handset will be available in United States some time in Q2, date that aligns with the roll out of Windows Phone 8.1.
Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer says: “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.”
Hauwei isn’t the only company testing the waters of dual-boot handsets, Karbonn, the Indian phone manufacturer, is also building phones using Windows Phone and Android operating systems, and the plan is to bring it to market in the coming months.
Perhaps this is a good news for many customers, who will finally have the choice to use the operating system they please. However, this news clearly shows that companies are commended to Windows Phone, but they are struggling to sale more units.
Furthermore, Microsoft is already prepping to release Windows Phone 8.1 and to a lower price. There are also plans to reduce hardware specifications to install Windows Phone on cheaper devices, and the software giant is starting to bring free license to handset manufacturers. Strategy that the company hopes will increase the presence of Windows Phone in the market — mobile market that is currently dominated by Google and Apple.
It’s also possible that phone makers could start simply supplying phones to carriers giving customers the choice of which operating system they want to run. If we only were able to purchase any phone, bring it to any carrier and get a service package with the option to install Android or Windows Phone, or both if desired. Now this will be ideal…
Update: Huawei retracts dual-boot phones and an spokesperson says “at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future.” This is according to a new article at FierceWireless.
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