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Huawei says it's no longer pursuing an Android and Windows Phone hybrid device

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 20, 2014.

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Huawei is the latest company to backtrack on previously announced plans to release a smartphone capable of running Android or Windows Phone operating systems. The company stated two weeks ago in an interview that it planned to release a phone in the US that would be capable of switching between the two operating systems, but those plans have been scraped according to recent comments a Huawei spokesperson made to FierceWireless. The unnamed spokesperson said:

"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."

The spokesperson added that Huawei would continue to work with Microsoft and release Windows products as long as consumers show interest. This about face is not surprising considering that the Wall Street Journal recently issued a report that both Google and Microsoft are opposed to the idea of dual-booting operating systems. ASUS canceled its Android/Windows tablet and laptop, reportedly because of pressure from both companies. With Huawei suddenly admitting that it too has abandoned plans for a dual OS, it's unlikely that we'll see more companies put Android and Windows on the same device.

source: FierceWireless

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