Windows Phone 'weak', Huawei sneers

Huawei calls the Windows Phone platform weak

Huawei calls the Windows Phone platform weak despite using it as the foundation for some of the smartphones it makes.

"[Windows Phones] are weak but still require a license fee," says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer division, according to an interview in the Financial Times. "That's not good. Android is free.

RELATED:Nokia goals: improve Windows Phone sales and shrink loss

MORE: Gartner:Windows Phone 8 is dragging down Windows 8 

Yu was speaking before the launch today of a new Huawei smartphone Ascend P6 - in London.

Despite the shortcomings of Microsoft's phone platform, he says his company would consider buying Nokia another vendor using Windows Phone 8 in its products if it meant that Huawei stood a chance of becoming the largest smartphone manufacturer.

Taken together the comments could add up to bad news for Microsoft because Nokia is the largest OEM of Windows Phones. If Huawei were to buy Nokia and it were to move away from Windows 8, that would choke off the largest source of Windows Phones, which, as Yu notes, "has a very small market share." IDC says that share was 3.2% in the first quarter of this year.

Yu may have been a bit mouthy in making the remarks. Later in the day Huawei's vice president for external affairs, Bill Plummer, told Reuters that Huawei has no plans to acquire Nokia.

Yu was quoted by the Financial Times as saying, "We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded."

Huawei was No.4 in smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2013 with 4.7%, behind Samsung (30.7%), Apple (17.8%) and LG (4.9%).Most of the smartphones Huawei makes are Android. Android accounted for 75% of all smartphones shipped in in the first quarter this year.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter@Tim_Greene.

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftsmartphonesNokiaGartnerwirelessNetworkingIDCconsumer electronicsanti-malwarefinancial times

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Greene

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?