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This article was published on September 13, 2013

Huawei says it will still make Windows Phone devices even after Microsoft-Nokia deal

Huawei says it will still make Windows Phone devices even after Microsoft-Nokia deal Image by: ChinaFotoPress
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei will continue its efforts in making smartphones that run on the Windows Phone system, even amid concerns following Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to purchase Nokia’s devices business.

Richard Ren, a Huawei executive in charge of the consumer unit in Europe, told the Wall Street Journal that the company remains Microsoft’s strategic partner: “We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products.”

Many pundits feel that prospective hardware partners will no longer license Windows Phone following the Microsoft-Nokia deal. Huawei’s latest comments come as a boost of confidence that Microsoft’s ecosystem of hardware partners will continue to exist.

Most of Huawei’s smartphones run on Android, but earlier this year it launched a Windows Phone device — the Huawei Ascend W1.

Huawei to Keep Making Smartphones Running Windows Phone [Wall Street Journal]

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