Bloomberg recently revealed that Microsoft is discussing allowing HTC to offer dual-boot Android handsets which can also run Windows Phone, and now Russian rumour-monger Eldar Murtazin claims this is not an isolated incident, but that Microsoft is offering the same deal to Windows Phone OEMS Samsung and Huawei also, and are also offering the same deal for Windows RT.
In fact, according to Eldar Microsoft is even offering to pay for the adaptation costs to get the OS to run well on the Android tablets, and are offering the OS for free.
An example of such as device is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2014 Edition with Android and Windows RT on board.
If true the move is reflective is Microsoft’s weak position in mobile, and we wonder if such a system will really grow Windows and Windows Phone adoption.
Another Eldar titbit is also that Windows 9 will be a major departure from Windows 8, and will break app compatibility, unfortunately not an unknown issue with Microsoft.
If true, do our readers believe this would be a good move? Let us know below.
GSMInfo.nl reports that Huawei’s Dutch division has revealed the Netherlands will be the first European country to stock the Huawei Ascend W2.
The mid-range handset has similar specs to the Nokia Lumia 520, except for featuring a front-facing camera, 4.3 inch WVGA screen and colour-changing capacitive keys that match your accent colour.
The handset has a:
- 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM
- 8 GB of internal memory, expandable with max. 32 GB via microSD
- 4.3 inch TFT screen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
- 5-megapixel camera with led Flash
- Windows Phone 8
The device should retail for around 200 euro, which is somewhat more expensive than the Nokia Lumia 520.
Do our readers see any reason to pick this handset over Nokia’s offerings? Let us know below.
Thanks Thomas for the tip.
While both HTC and Samsung had little to say about the Microsoft/Nokia deal, one of the most promising new Windows Phone OEMs, Huawei, was a little bit more forthcoming.
Speaking to the Financial Times Chen Lifang, a board member of Huawei, said their investment in Windows Phone will not be affected by the recent purchase of Nokia’s handset division by Microsoft.
Having said that, the company continues to simply dip their toe into the Windows Phone pool, and said they remain sceptical about the ability of Windows Phone to challenge the market position of Android.
For those who think Huawei is no big deal, in the same interview Chen clarified the company has no intention to purchase HTC, which I think quite firmly demonstrates how the tables have turned in the smartphone world recently.
Chen added Huawei may introduce a new brand to boost consumer awareness in a further bid to boost sales.
If there is one issue Microsoft has failed spectacularly to address it is the Other Storage bug, which results in the storage memory of Windows Phone users being slowly eroded over time by the collection of temporary files which the users are unable to delete themselves.
Nokia was as usual the first to release their own fix for the issue, meaning for users who have access to Nokia’s Storage Check app this is no longer a problem.
Now it seems Huawei is also developing their own app, according to Wp7forum.ru, who report the app will allow users to delete cached files, temporary files and application installation packages.
Unfortunately a release date for the app is not know, but given that Huawei has released smartphones with only 4GB of internal storage I am sure for their users the fix can not come soon enough.
Huawei promises to be an important Windows Phone OEM, especially in China, Russia, Africa and eventually even Europe.
Speaking to Business Insider Wan Biao, CEO of the company explained why they were supporting the OS.
“For us all the focus is on Android, but we will also try Windows. Right now, the sales are good, but it’s pretty hard to predict Windows Phone. For one OS [operating system] – Android – the consumers have spent time and their money to like it. We developed Windows 8 because we do believe some consumers will like it.”
Huawei’s first Windows Phone, the Ascend W1, has just one on sale in Russia. Winphonelive.ru reports that online store The Messenger is currently shipping out pre-orders for the handset, and will only serve new customers if there are any left over, with a second shipment expected in a week.
The device is on sale for only 8990 rubles, which is around $290, and is available in black, white and blue.
While we tend to devote most of our attention to high end Windows Phones, one of the OS’s strengths is providing a premium experience even at the low-end, and that is where sales have also been concentrated. It could very well be that handsets like the Huawei Ascend W1 could be one of the keys to Windows Phone success in 2013.
AllaboutPhones.nl seems to have managed to lay their hands on some photos of a slide deck from a Huawei presentation in which they discuss their Windows Phone product strategy.
The picture shows the company plans to have Youth handsets with the best value (presumably WP 7.8), then Gold handsets, which are balanced and value for money, Platinum handsets which features design and fashion, and Diamond high end models which were innovative and gadgets in their own right.
The last 3 handsets would all run Windows Phone 8.
The Ascend W1 is labelled as the handset which will make Windows Phone 8 accessible to the masses (much like the Nokia Lumia 620 is doing).
Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 device Ascend W1 was announced at CES and later confirmed by carriers like O2 UK. The Ascend W1 has a 10.5mm slim body and a bright 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touchscreen with OGS Technology and is powered by theÂ Qualcomm Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 MSM8230 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU. It features a low reflective IPS LCD display with full lamination technology, providing great visibility under any lighting condition. It also has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, and includes 4GB on-board memory, expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card.
Even though the availability for Acend W1 in China, Russia, India and some European market was confirmed as Q1 2013, we has only approx pricing. Now, Huawei has confirmed that Ascend W1 will be available for 1599.00 Yuan (approx $250 USD) making it to join the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device title along with Nokia Lumia 620.
WPDang reports that the Huawei Ascend W1 will break new grounds for Windows Phone in China by costing only 1599 Yuan on release ($257).
The price was revealed by Huawei at a China Telecom 3G carrier exhibition In Sichuan, and makes it the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset yet.
Huawei will be testing the market by producing 500,000 of the handsets, with the first of these hitting shelves by the end of the month.
WPDang notes that at the exhibition the Nokia Lumia 620 and HTC 8S were both being advertised at 1999 Yuan, and that the eventual price when the Ascend W1 reaches the consumer may be even lower than 1599 Yuan.
In an interview with WPDang Huawei CEO Mr. Yu Chengdong said Huawei was not trying Windows Phone as a once-off deal, but that the W1 was part of a very long-term plan.
The W1 will be distributed in China, Russia and India, and at such an aggressive price may be able to carve a place out in the Windows Phone ecosystem after all.
Read more at WPDang here.
The Chairman of Huawei, Yu Chengdong, has once again confirmed on Weibo that the company will be bringing two handsets to Mobile World Congress 2013, which is early February in Barcelona.
The CES show, we released most of three global smartphone products, are: maximum screen Mate, the most powerful D2 and the best value the WP8 mobile phone W1 2 month Barcelona MWC Mobile World Congress will also release two most of the world’s smartphone products. Nobody can remember, can only remember the first one, we want the consumer to see, most of the world first from Huawei! Keep making progress, beyond!
Current speculation is that one of these handsets will be a new but long rumoured Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W2, which will according the rumour be the thinnest Windows Phone on its release, measuring only 7.7 mm thick.
Despite this the device will still be well specced and priced, with a 4.5 inch HD screen, super-sensitive touch, 8 megapixel camera and the usual dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, and massive 2800 mAh battery capacity, all for only 3200 Yuan ($515).
The handset is apparently aimed at competing directly with the Nokia Lumia 920, but with a much more attractive price.
A 6.1 inch Windows Phone is also rumoured, but if shown will likely be released a lot later.
Would our readers buy one of these super-phones? Let us know below.
Another supposed Huawei Windows Phone 8 smartphone has popped up on Winp.cn.
The device appears to be somewhat high end, with a large screen, capacitive keys and an 8 megapixel camera with full HD recording.
One does however need to be cautious that even the picture above may be a render, with the text on the calendar entry not being particularly reassuring.
If however it is a real device if would be a pretty stylish, if somewhat plasticky debut for Huawei.
See more pictures after the break.
GSMInsider has been handed some pictures of a heretofore unannounced Windows Phone 8 handset by Huawei.
The handset is different from the Huawei Ascend W1, featuring a much more angular appearance, and appears to be relatively slim. GSMInsider notes it looks a lot like the Android Huawei Ascend P1 which has a 4.3 inch screen and is only 7.7 mm thin.
The handset features the Windows Phone 8 flag, and also has a camera button, suggesting of course strongly that it is a Windows Phone.
See more pictures after the break.
Huawei is a new Windows Phone partner, and have already announced that they will be releasing a Windows Phone 8 handset under their Ascend brand (mocked up right).
The company has now re-iterated their intent to ship 60 million smartphones this year, thereby standing a chance of becoming the world’s third largest vendor of smartphones, according to the company’s corporate media relations vice president Scott Sykes.
This would be up from 20 million last year, with 2/3 of the 60 million total being sold outside China.
The mix will of course primarily be Android handsets, but besides the already announced Ascend device, the company is also rumoured to be working on a budget device which will cost little more than $300 unlocked.
Huawei has launched more than 40 models of smartphones in many markets including China, the US, Europe, Japan and India, and has set aside a marketing budget of US$200 million mainly for sales promotion of smartphones in 2012.
So far the only one NOT talking about Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft, with their OEMs and carrier partners pretty open about the coming arrival of the OS and their support for it.
On his Weibo micro-blog, Huaweiâ€™s Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong confirmed, after a meeting with Steve Ballmer at the Windows Partner Summit in Tokyo, that the company would be creating a Windows Phone 8 handset.
Calling Huawei the â€œworld’s first the WP8 phone supplier !â€, the company is expected to produce low-cost Windows Phone 8 hardware, which raises hope that the OS will support current generation hardware also as an upgrade.
The announcement confirms earlier rumours, which had the company having 70 engineers working on a Windows Phone 8 handset with a 4 inch screen which will cost only 2,000 CNY (317 USD),
Huawei is not normally associated with smartphones, but have sold 20 million smartphones last year, and aim to sell 60 million this year, making them a significant player.
Shenzhen Post notes that these handsets may show up on Leap Wireless, a low cost US carrier that is already carrying some of Huaweiâ€™s smartphones.
It is expected that Microsoft will formally unveil Windows Phone 8 at their Windows Phone developer summit on the 20th June 2012.