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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

'If it is Windows only ... people will not find it an easy decision'

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Huawei is planning an assault on the American smartphone market with a dual-boot smartphone running both Google's Android operating system and Redmond's Windows Phone.

"With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together," Shao Yang, Huawei's chief marketing officer told TrustedReviews.

"If it is Windows only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. If they have the Android and Windows together, you can change it as you wish and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone. We think the dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer."

The Chinese hardware maker, which is the third largest smartphone manufacturer on the planet these days, has made no secret of the fact that it's gunning to take on the two big biggest players in the game: Apple and Samsung.

At last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the telecoms equipment giant was explicit about its plans to beat its rivals with a combination of good design and smart technology. To do that the company will need to use the world's most popular smartphone operating system, but is keeping Microsoft in the mix too.

"Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower but is still one of our choices of OS," Yang said. "We are definitely using a multi OS strategy."

The choice of Windows Phone as the second operating system for a phone is relatively easy. Huawei isn't going to get the option of iOS from Apple and BlackBerry's increasingly becoming irrelevant to the wider market, but Yang said there were other option.

"We are definitely looking at other platforms," Yang said. "For any new operating system we are open to. We need to watch every OS." ®

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