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Huawei kills plans to launch a dual-OS Windows Phone-Android smartphone

After announcing plans to launch a dual-booting Windows Phone and Android handset this spring, Chinese telecom giant Huawei has now said that it has no plans for such a device in the near future.

In a statement to FierceWireless, a Huawei spokesperson said that “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.”

Contradicting to their latest statement, Huawei’s chief marketing officer, Shao Yang, said last week that the company was following a “dual OS” strategy to provide users with Android and Windows Phone on a single handset.

“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. “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.”

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The reason behind the company’s move is not yet clear, while some media reports speculate that the manufacturer could have been pressured by Google and Microsoft which would rather not see a dual-OS smartphone hit the market.