Huawei revealed last week that the company was planning to bring a dual-booting Windows Phone and Android handset to the US this spring, but it appears plans for such a device have been canceled. In a statement provided to FierceWireless, a Huawei spokesperson says "at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future."
The backtracking contradicts statements from Huawei’s chief marketing officer, Shao Yang, last week. Yang claimed the firm was following a "dual OS" strategy with Android and Windows Phone on a single handset. It’s not clear if such a handset was ever in development, or whether Yang simply misspoke. Huawei’s change of heart follows reports that Microsoft and Google have both scuppered Intel’s plan for dual-OS tablets and laptops running both Android and Windows Phone.
Karbonn is reportedly releasing its own dual-booting Android and Windows Phone handset, due in the coming months, but it’s unclear if any other handset makers are planning similar devices. Microsoft is making a number of changes to Windows Phone 8.1 designed to assist with low-cost handsets, but the update could also help phone makers build dual-booting devices. Windows Phone 8.1 will support devices with just 4GB of storage and an option for apps to be installable to microSD cards. With space at a premium on dual-booting devices, and support for onscreen buttons in Windows Phone 8.1, it’s possible we might see more of these hybrid handsets in future.