Huawei said it was dropping support for Windows Phone and cited lack of profit as the main reason. The Chinese manufacturer has taken this decision while the troubles between Microsoft and the Chinese government continue to pile up.
Huawei, who has been a tentative supporter of Windows Phone, and has launched two devices running Microsoft’s OS, said it would be putting future such devices on hold. The company explained that lack of profitability due to low sales was driving this decision.
Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s business group talked to the Wall Street Journal and explained:
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.
Windows Phone has seen its number of OEM partners increase dramatically over the past few months and there is some indication that the platform is finally ready to take off. However, if more partners reach the same conclusions that Huawei did, then the future is by no mean bright for Microsoft’s OS.
This latest development comes amid high tensions between Microsoft and the Chinese government who has accused the company of unfair business practices and spying on the government. The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from its PCs and is trying to develop its own custom operating system.
Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Huawei