Huawei tells the truth: Windows Phone has failed, Tizen is dead

The fast-rising Chinese handset maker is sticking with Android.

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Credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Huawei has broken out from the pack of smartphone handset makers to become No. 3 in the world, behind only Apple and Samsung, mostly by focusing on low-cost handsets and emerging markets like China, India and Africa.

So the comments from the head of its consumer business group to the Wall Street Journal are not going to sit well with Microsoft and Samsung.

Richard Yu said his company is giving up on Windows Phones. "It wasn't profitable for us. We were losing money for two years on those phones. So for now we've decided to put any releases of new Windows phones on hold," he told the Journal

And Tizen, Samsung's alternative phone OS to Android? "In the past we had a team to do research on Tizen but I canceled it," Yu said. "We feel Tizen has no chance to be successful."

Delicate, he is not.

Tizen's struggles are becoming well-documented. First, Samsung cancelled the launch of the Samsung Z, its high-end device. The Z was supposed to launch in Russia, but Samsung cancelled the launch, citing a lack of apps. Then it cancelled the Z all together.

As for the WP comments, if the firm has lost money for two years then it's hard to fault them for getting out. Huawei jumped into the Windows Phone market in 2012 with WP8 devices. It barely registers in the U.S. but focuses more on emerging markets like Latin America and EMEA. While its percentage was small, it was going to be important to Microsoft, as it was focusing on emerging markets with low-end WP devices as a way to build the market.

One door closes, another opens. The HTC One (M8) with Windows Phone is getting great reviews. The WP version is identical to the Android version, and that is a highly-regarded phone. So maybe HTC can do what Huawei couldn't.

So Windows Phone is struggling, but look on the bright side: it hasn't failed as hard as the Amazon Fire Phone, which some are analytics folks are saying has sold as few as 35,000 units. Even Blackberry is doing better than that.

On a completely unrelated note, before you ever complain about your ISP, consider this alternative: I recently joined an EverQuest raiding guild (either you will know what that is or it will take me too long to explain), and our guild leader lives in Canada. She has used up almost all of her bandwidth allotment for the month, and has informed us if she goes over her cap, they cut her off. I repeat -- they will cut off her Internet.

I asked her if buying more allotment was possible and she said no. So all this week she has been running raids and logging off immediately. Here in the States if you blow your monthly bandwidth cap you merely pay an overage fee. But in the Great White North, they throw you off the net. I know it's hard to appreciate Comcast, but even they wouldn't do something like this.

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