You may not know Huawei as a household name, but in many emerging markets — it is one. The company, which primarily sells networking equipment, has a booming smartphone market. So will the emerging smartphone manufacturer build for emerging platforms like Windows Phone or Tizen?
According to Huawei’s chief of its consumer business affairs, Richard Yu, they’ve been there, done that, and don’t like it. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Wu says Tizen “has no chance to be successful”, saying he flatly refuses when telecoms ask him to create a Tizen smartphone. He also says Huawei has halted any and all research on Tizen.
As for Windows Phone, Huawei has tried that also. A small market share is having a direct effect on Huawei’s bottom line, and that’s never something an OEM can easily explain away:
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.
Aside from building their own ecosystem, which they have no plans to do, Huawei is left with Android as its sole option. According to Wu, that’s not a comfortable spot to be in, either. “We have worries about Android being the only option, but we have no choice” he said.
Source: The Wall Street Journal