Huawei says it is still in the Windows Phone business

The announcement earlier this month that Microsoft plans to acquire Nokia's smartphone hardware business started speculation that the three other Windows Phone hardware partners (Samsung, HTC and Huawei) might decide to stop making such products. This week, one of those partners, Huawei, indicted they still plan to make future Windows Phone devices.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Richard Ren, who runs Huawei's consumer division in Europe, as saying, "We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products ... We remain one of Microsoft's strategic partners." Huawei has only released one Windows Phone 8 smartphone so far, the Ascend W1, but the company has confirmed it will launch the Ascend W2 later this year.

That has to be encouraging news for Microsoft, who claims that it still wants third parties to make Windows Phone products even as the company will start making its own when the Nokia deal is completed in the first quarter of 2014.

As we reported earlier in September, HTC told Neowin in a statement that it was "assessing the situation and have no comment at this time" in terms of their future Windows Phone plans. Samsung gave a swift "Decline to comment" when asked the same question.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Huawei

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I have a feeling once Microsoft takes over Nokia, we won't be seeing any cheap devices like the Lumia 520. I hope I'm wrong though.

I am not sure from where you are concluding that MS not do phones like the 520. It's known that it's a hot seller out there, especially in emerging markets and heck MS been pushing for this and they stated after the agreement to buy Nokia that they will be targeting this market. Let me guess you go it out of your ars?

AsherGZ said,
I have a feeling once Microsoft takes over Nokia, we won't be seeing any cheap devices like the Lumia 520. I hope I'm wrong though.

Is the Lumia 520 really that good? The W1 if it wasn't for the irrefutably retarded 4Gb internal memory choice is cheaper and better than the 520 in many ways (camera flash, front camera, gorilla display, battery with much higher capacity, etc).

francescob said,

Is the Lumia 520 really that good? The W1 if it wasn't for the irrefutably retarded 4Gb internal memory choice is cheaper and better than the 520 in many ways (camera flash, front camera, gorilla display, battery with much higher capacity, etc).

I don't find the 4GB a problem on my W1. Just don't fill my phone with junk apps and it runs great. Don't even have an SD card but the option is there if I decide I need to start carrying around more files.

Perfectly fine device. I'm enjoying it a lot.

AsherGZ said,
I have a feeling once Microsoft takes over Nokia, we won't be seeing any cheap devices like the Lumia 520. I hope I'm wrong though.

Nah. The biggest growth is in the lower end devices which is why WP8 is so well optimized.

They'll continue with a range of devices from value to premium.

SirJimmyOfRussell said,

I don't find the 4GB a problem on my W1. Just don't fill my phone with junk apps and it runs great.


The problem are not the apps, the problem are temporary files slowly reserving space on the device that can no longer be freed without a full reset. Try using Skydrive automatic uploads and you'll see.

francescob said,

The problem are not the apps, the problem are temporary files slowly reserving space on the device that can no longer be freed without a full reset. Try using Skydrive automatic uploads and you'll see.

that's been fixed with gdr2. tested and confirmed on ativs and lumia 920 here.

vcfan said,

that's been fixed with gdr2. tested and confirmed on ativs and lumia 920 here.

On some lumias yes (my 520 being unbranded is still excluded though), the W1 still hasn't been updated.

AsherGZ said,
I have a feeling once Microsoft takes over Nokia, we won't be seeing any cheap devices like the Lumia 520. I hope I'm wrong though.

I love my 520, its affordable, and it works way more efficiently than the 610 it replaced.

francescob said,

On some lumias yes (my 520 being unbranded is still excluded though), the W1 still hasn't been updated.

oh so you didn't get gdr2 yet? when you do it fixes the issue.

huahuehuahuehuahueihuawei! I hope it won't be more 4Gb garbage with virtually non-existent accessories market (I still have to find a proper flip case for the W1).

I do hope that Microsoft revises their licensing and revenue model. Lowering the licensing fees plus having revenue sharing with the app store would be good (your percentage being based on your marketshare).

Microsoft has a weird position here. OEMs were their greatest strength and weakness for PCs. They're in the position to replace OEMs in this regard, but they realize they're better off with partners of they can maintain quality (which, honestly, PC OEMs never did).

Now if only Huawei would take their WPs seriously. How about some sort of viable strategy to attack the Asian market? Maybe a marketing campaign? A corporate name that's easier to say?

Figure 8 Dash said,
Now if only Huawei would take their WPs seriously. How about some sort of viable strategy to attack the Asian market? Maybe a marketing campaign? A corporate name that's easier to say?

Well, its probably easier to say than "Microsoft" or "Windows Phone" for the Asian market

Figure 8 Dash said,
A corporate name that's easier to say?
Maybe it is easier to say if you can read the original name: 华为

Good. It's pathetic that these companies may not go ahead with WP8, but will continue with Android without battering an eyelid.

Nashy said,
Good. It's pathetic that these companies may not go ahead with WP8, but will continue with Android without battering an eyelid.

Well, honestly, Android is easier to deal with in some ways. They can do what they want, put it on what they want, etc. Microsoft requires payment and licensing, enforces minimum specs and features, doesn't let you touch the OS, etc. Which is great for consumers, but I can see why OEMs wouldn't like it.

Also, the Android market is much bigger, so its arguably easier to get market share and sales. Would a company rather have 20% of the WP market? Or 10% of Android's?

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