Huawei Puts Windows Phone New Releases On Hold, Says They’re Hard To Sell
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, has stated that all of the operating systems of mobile excluding iOS and Android are doomed to fail because it is very difficult to attract the consumers to the phones that use any other OS than the ones mentioned above.
Here is what he said, during his interview with The Wall Street Journal:
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. We have worries about Android being the only option, but we have no choice.
In addition to talking about the reasons why they have opted to stop making any Windows Phone, Yu also said that he will not use Samsung’s operating system called Tizen. He stated that some research was done on Tizen but then it was cancelled because Huawei feels that this OS has no chance to be successful in the competitive market.
We have no plans to use Tizen. Some telecom carriers are pushing us to design Tizen phones but I say “no” to them. In the past we had a team to do research on Tizen but I canceled it. We feel Tizen has no chance to be successful. Even for Windows Phone it’s difficult to be successful.
When asked about whether Huawei is building their very own OS, Yu responded that currently, the company has no plans to go down this road because it is very difficult to attract the consumer base towards a new operating system.
Mr. Yu has been working with the company since 1993 and if he has taken a decision to drop all the OS except Android, then he would have given it a long thought. This decision should not surprise anyone because most of the mobile using community is inclined towards either the Apple’s iPhone or Android mobiles, so this decision from Yu makes perfect sense.
He gave another reason to drop the other OSs, as he mentioned in the interview that Windows Phone were not selling much and the company even lost money because of it. With so many smartphones and tablets to look forward to, continuing with Windows and other OSs might not have worked very well for the company.
In the end of interview, Yu stated that the focus of the company is now on the enterprise consumers as Huawei supplies multiple types of equipment to their corporate clients and help them in building their private networks, for which they need security and efficiency, which is what company will try to achieve in the near future.