Huawei drops plans for releasing dual boot devices in 2014

About a week earlier, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, Huawei revealed plans about a dual boot device running Windows Phone 8 as well as Android. According to TrustedReviews, the website which revealed this information, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer was the one to give details about the device. But it looks like; the company scraped plans for such a device recently as a new statement from Huawei says that the company will focus on Android phones at the moment.

“Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers. 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.” said Huawei’s spokesperson in a statement to FireceWireless.

Surprisingly, the company does admit making plans for such dual boot devices, but as of now, Huawei has dropped those ideas. While the statement gives no reason for such a change in plans, it adds that if there’s enough demand for Windows OS, then the company would definitely release one in the market. This sounds quite similar to the strategy adopted by Acer, thereby making Huawei the second manufacturer to say so.

However, people are still unsure as to what made Huawei change its plans. Given that customers are always happy to have two different operating systems on their phones, the next logical guess would be pressure from software developers like Google and Microsoft. It is said that both the companies dislike the idea of their softwares running together, especially Google. Microsoft has already changed support policies for these kinds of devices and Google is not accepting them for GApps installation.

This means, both the companies are against the idea which may have forced Huawei to focus on supporting Android. This is actually not that surprising, as a well-known manufacturer, Asus too revealed that they have scrapped plans for a dual boot device for 2014. It’s quite likely; both the companies have a similar reason for dropping the idea.

But Microsoft seems to have no problems with local manufacturers releasing dual booth devices. It was reported a few days back that Microsoft offered local Indian manufacturers like Lava (Xolo) and Karbonn Windows Phone 8 licenses for free. And among these manufacturers, Karbonn is preparing a dual boot device with both Android and Windows 8 running alongside.

So, anyone who wishes to have a dual boot smartphone from a well-known manufacturer will have to wait for at least a few more years.

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Joel is an experienced blogger who covers all kinds of news relating to tech. He is a huge fan of Android and can be seen playing around with his phone in his spare time.