Huawei has called Windows Phone weak, and also mentioned that they are open to acquiring Nokia if the Finnish brand is willing. Before you laugh off the acquisition bit, Huawei are currently the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer, behind Samsung and Apple. Yes; do not laugh. But of course, Nokia also has a thriving feature phone market.
Anyway, back to the focus on what Huawei has to say about Windows Phone OS. Note that the Chines brand also has Windows Phone smartphones in the market, so they have handled it for sure. Here is the quote from the Financial Times:
“Whether Windows Phone [will be] successful is difficult to say – it has a very small market share. [Windows Phones] are weak but still require a licence fee. That’s not good. Android is free.”
This was supposedly said by Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group. Some clear points there. Android being free from Google gives it an edge over Windows Phone. But then, while Android is free from Google, it is not totally free, as major manufacturers pay Microsoft for software licenses embedded in it. Funny that Microsoft actually makes money off Android.
Anyway, I love Windows Phone, and having used it in comparison to Android, I am personally inclined to agree that it is the weaker option right now if stood beside Android. Does that mean it has no merits? Most certainly not. After all, women are regarded as weaker vessels and yet pack a wallop. Incidentally, I am currently using a Windows Phone smartphone as my daily driver.
What do you think? Do you agree with the Huawei boss, or you think he is just trying to make a case for Nokia’s acquisition?
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