Microsoft is pushing very hard to make Windows Phone the third most widely used mobile platform behind Android and iOS. In some markets it has already been able to overtake BlackBerry in order to clinch the coveted third position. The company’s aim can only be fulfilled if OEMs are actually making and selling devices powered by Windows Phone. One of China’s biggest OEMs has decided to give up all plans of making Windows Phone devices for now.
Shao Yang, Huawei’s consumer business group marketing director told reporters at the company’s HQ in Shenzhen, China that while Huawei has developed Windows Phone smartphones in the past it will not be making anymore and instead will focus on Android to counter Apple and Samsung’s dominance in the market.
“For us we think Android is the best choice,” Yang said, adding that “the biggest problem is that Windows is not quite easy to develop independently.”
This shift in direction comes a few months after Huawei confirmed back in March that it will developing a new smartphone that would dual-boot Android and Windows Phone. Plans for that device have been cancelled.
Huawei isn’t just giving up on Windows Phone, the company has also confirmed that it won’t be taking a chance on Tizen just yet. Samsung is one of the biggest backers of this nascent operating system.