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.

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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.

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