It could be long before you see the next Windows Phone from Huawei. That or it may never come back again. That is the message Huawei wants consumers and anyone who cares to listen to know.
“We have tried using the Windows Phone OS. But it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone. It wasn’t profitable for us. We were losing money for two years on those phones. So for now we’ve decided to put any releases of new Windows phones on hold.”
This is what Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer business group head is quoted as saying at an interview with Wall Street Journal. Yu also habours similar feelings towards Samsung’s Tizen which he says shows no hope of ever becoming the It platform. Richard says at the moment Android isn’t exactly the best but there is no platform that comes close.
Microsoft is quoted as saying that since the announcement that devices less than 9 inch get Windows free there has been a lot of interest from OEMs, but with Huawei’s withdrawal this means a lot. Huawei has for some time stuck with Android, and was in fact yards ahead of Nokia in releasing a budget Windows Phone 8 device, this was befrore Nokia ever had Lumia 520.
Huawei released Ascend W2 late 2013 after the Ascend W1 earlier in the year with very minimal impact to smartphone share within Windows Phone. The game is owned by Nokia, now Microsoft Devices Group OY. With Huawei’s recent success in Android and maintaining third, I guess they have their lines drawn. What do you think, was Huawei’s dalliance with Windows Phone memorable?