Huawei recently shared plans to release a dual-OS Android/Windows device in the US come Q2 of this year. Now, the company has publically stepped back from those words. It didn't provide an explanation, but it did emphasize its "open approach" towards mobile operating systems and a desire to provide "a range of choices for consumers." Most of the Huawei's handsets will continue to run Android, and while Windows Phone still isn't off the table completely, the two platforms won't play along anytime soon.


You stay on your side, I'll stay on mine.

This decision follows a Wall Street Journal report that Google and Microsoft both oppose this whole dual-OS thing. As a result, Asus reportedly canceled plans to release the Transformer Book Duet. In addition, the company will remove its Transformer AIO all-in-one desktop from the market.

This news doesn't come as too much of a surprise, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating for consumers who, dagnabbit, just want to run two operating systems from one device. Is that too much to ask?

Fierce Wireless via TechCrunch

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  • Zargh

    9.4, Android CDD (http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/source.android.com/en//compatibility/android-cdd.pdf):

    "Alternate runtimes MUST themselves be Android applications, and abide by the standard Android security model, as described elsewhere in Section 9."

    All Huawei needs to do is turn Windows into an Android app, simple. /s

    • Cheeseball

      9.4, Android CDD

      Fixed the link for you.

      • Roh_Mish

        It's broken

      • Zargh

        Blast you Disquis. Thanks.

        • Cheeseball

          No problem! Looks like you were able to fix the link in your comment as well. Anchor tags work well with Disquis.

  • Fadakar

    I've really wanted to try Windows Phone, I'm just not ready to give up Android yet. I wish this came to fruition. :(

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Huawei reminds me of that uncool kid who will say anything to become popular, but accidentally says something horrifying to the other kids - and is then forced to renege.

    Huawei is back to square one now.

  • Lamm

    SO, fuck the consumer again.

    I was actually loking foward to those hybrid tablets/notebooks.

    • Android4Life22


      • primalxconvoy

        1. Customer choice. Why restrict choice? Let the market decide.

        2. Both OS's right now are not on par with the standards of the other. Android isn't that great at office software and web browsing or copy and paste/text input, whereas Windows is not great for apps and mobile friendly solutions.

        Marrying them together allows the user to find the strengths of both to meet their needs.

        • Android4Life22

          Android is a married together OS, best of both worlds. Android is great at office software, OfficeSuite Pro is my favorite. Web browsing is about the same on all OS's. Copy/paste is a little wonky, but workable. Having a solution where you have to boot down, and back up into a different OS is hanky, and not worth the time.

  • hairyback

    alright so why not try a Ubuntu touch / android phone. Those will play nicely together and are pretty open.

  • Matthew Fry

    I've been happy when Google used it's power to force standards down companies throats but this and their irrational hatred toward sd cards is ridiculous.

    • Android4Life22

      This was not just Google. Microsoft also did not want this

      • ds

        God forbid we could ever blame Google for anything.

        • Android4Life22

          No doubt, Google had a part in it. But reports came out weeks ago that said both Google and Microsoft were fighting this.

  • Jeremy

    This is another grear argument that will be solved with phoneblocks, or modular phones

  • Dave

    I don't know if this is good or bad for consumer.
    But one thing I'm sure, I don't want my phone internal memory filled with useless junk called Windows Phone OS. Unless I can free it up and reclaim space when needed later.

  • Ender

    Hasn't Samsung already released a dual-booting tablet?

    • Mkvarner

      The Ativ Book Q? Google and Microsoft kinda much killed it

  • GazaIan

    This really sucks, but I can't say I didn't see this coming.

  • Google

    Be evil.

  • primalxconvoy

    They are both scared that having two OS's is a fix for the weaknesses of both systems and will highlight that to users, while making both OS's "dumb pipes" for apps and content.

    Perhaps both Google and MS should just concentrate on, dare I say it, making both OS's actually better and usable?

  • Ann Lazebna