In an interview with tech site TrustedReviews, Huawei has confirmed not only that it’s working on hardware which will contain both Android and Windows Phone operating systems, but also the phone will be on sale before the end of summer.
The interview was with the company’s chief marketing officer, who says the only direction it sees for Windows Phone is offering it as second choice on Android hardware. “Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower but is still one of our choices of OS. We are definitely using a multi OS strategy,” he says.
It’s not clear how this system will work, but one statement seem to indicate the installation will allow rapid switching between the two operating systems. The executive is quoted as saying: “If they have Android and Windows together, you can change it as you wish, and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone.”
Earlier this month, Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn also talked about dual-boot Windows Phone/Android hardware, saying we should see the first examples on sale before the end of summer. Huawei’s timeline is similar, with the executive providing a loose April to June release date, but only mentioning the U.S. However, we’d be surprised if Huawei forgot about the UK.
Sadly, no information on the phone itself is provided, so we don’t know if this will be a cheap or mid-range device from Huawei, or if it will target the upper end of the market. We may not have long to go before we find out more though.