Huawei Boss: Windows Phones "On Hold," Tizen "No Chance Of Success"
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Huawei boss Richard Yu mentioned that Huawei would no longer be making Windows Phones and that Tizen is a dead-end platform for the company.
While HTC has recently adopted (again, after a long break) Windows Phone for its HTC M8 phone, Huawei seems to be going the other direction, having lost money on this platform over the past two years.
"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."
The Windows Phone market share has been on a decline lately, so it's not completely unreasonable of him to make the decision to end Windows Phone support.
The Tizen platform doesn't seem to interest Yu, either.
“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.”
Tizen, just like any other operating system trying to take on Android and iOS, has no chance of being successful if it's not going to be used by more than the OEM building it (in this case, Samsung). No single company can be very successful with a new OS anymore. Even Apple, which was the first to truly start the "touchscreen smartphone revolution," is currently at only 12 percent market share with iOS, globally.
However, iOS remains very successful as a platform because Apple had a significant head start in both smartphones and tablets -- and because Apple products continue to remain popular not just with customers in the US (still one of the biggest mobile markets) but also with American developers, who make the most mobile apps on these platforms.
Taking all of that into consideration, it's probably smart of Huawei to double down on Android, which is responsible for its fast smartphone sales growth over the past few years. It is the reason Huawei is one of the main threats to Samsung now, instead of putting resources into other operating systems that aren't showing any signs of growth anytime soon.
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