Chinese mobile phone maker Huawei is no stranger to the Windows Phone ecosystem, as the company has already released some devices running under the platform, and it seems that it won’t be long before it launches more of them as well.
However, at least one of the upcoming Windows Phone devices from the company will come with additional traits for users, as Huawei is also considering the release of dual-boot phones, it seems.
Speaking to trustedreviews, Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, said that the company was committed to Windows Phone, but that a dual-OS smartphone could prove even better for it.
“We are still committed to making Windows Phone devices. 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,” he said.
Moreover, he said that the release of smartphones that packed dual-boot capabilities could attract more users both to Huawei’s products and to the Windows Phone operating system.
“With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together,” he said.
Shao Yang also suggested that dual-OS devices could prove a great choice for consumers, and that it planned on releasing such a device in the United States in the second quarter of the year.
“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,” he added.
As WMPoweruser notes, Huawei is not the first mobile phone maker out there to have confirmed plans for the release of a dual-boot Android-Windows Phone device.
Indian handset vendor Karbonn, which signed an agreement with Microsoft earlier this year, as unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will also release such a smartphone.
However, sales of such devices might not be too high, although Huawei will certainly help in this direction. At the moment, the company is the third largest smartphone maker in the world, which ensures great reach for dual-boot devices.
Huawei is also looking to expand its market, and might be considering the release of smartphones running under other mobile operating systems out there as well. In fact, Yang said that the vendor was looking at other platforms as well, but did not provide specific details on which of them.
The handset vendor launched some new Android devices at MWC 2014 in Barcelona last month, but no new Windows Phone handset. Any phone running under Microsoft’s mobile OS might be unveiled after the BUILD conference, when Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to be detailed.