The telecoms giant Huawei is to focus on making Android devices, after shelving its interest in Tizen and Windows Phone operating systems. Richard Yu, a member of Huawei’s board of directors, has said that he does not believe that Tizen will take off, whilst also bemoaning poor sales of Windows Phone devices.
Yu made the comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. His remarks about Samsung’s mobile operating system Tizen were particularly surprising, as Huawei is a current member of the Tizen Association.
Huawei had established a research unit centred around Tizen, although Yu said that he has since decided to close down the operation.
Yu was clear that he does not believe that Tizen will succeed. He also dismissed the possibility of Huawei developing its own OS.
The comments from Yu as to why Huawei will not seek to build its own OS are interesting, as they also reveal the likely reason the company has concerns over Tizen.
“It’s easy to design a new OS, but the problem is building the ecosystem around it.” he said.
As far as Samsung – the driving force behind Tizen – is concerned, backing an alternative mobile OS still holds a lot of value. Whilst Huawei, by Yu’s own admission, it heavily reliant on Google, Tizen provides Samsung with leverage.
Samsung dominates the smartphone sector, with a market share around twice the size of nearest rival Apple. It is also currently sitting on a cash pile of around $60 billion (€46bn/£36bn).
It would be difficult for Samsung to establish Tizen as a true Android rival, and at the present time, it has no need to do so. Nonetheless, given Samsung’s dominance and resources, using Tizen to capture a notable mobile OS market share would not be unthinkable, if required.