By Vamien McKalin | Jun 19, 2013 08:08 PM EDT
Huawei has a huge ambition. The company wants to be the largest smartphone maker. However, to push forward quickly with this ambition, Huawei needs a little bit of help. The company said if given the chance, it would acquire Nokia to see their dream set into motion, but only if the Finnish giant gets rid of Windows Phone.
We doubt the Nokia board and CEO Stephen Elop would be willing to switch to Android and sell the company. However, Huawei seems determined. So, who knows, what could happen if the Chinese company comes up with a lot of money and a good plan going forward.
"We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded," said Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei's consumer business group, ahead of a glitzy launch of its latest premium smartphone, the Ascend P6, in London.
According to the Financial Times, Huawei hasn't made a huge acquisition in a long time, but due to Apple and Samsung's control of the smartphone market, a big acquisition could very well be what the company wants right now. Could Nokia be the right fit for Huawei? It is not certain, because without the correct ideals, Huawei might end up putting Nokia further into the dirt, similar to what HP did with Palm and webOS.
Yu, finds Android more attractive due to its large market share. On the matter of Windows Phone, he claims the operating system is weak and also that it requires a license fee. "Whether Windows Phone [will be] successful is difficult to say - it has a very small market share. [Windows Phones] are weak but still require a licence fee. That's not good. Android is free," Yu said. However, it seems Yu has forgotten one important thing - Android is not free, if Huawei wants to add Google services, and those services are one of the main buying points of an Android device.
Without Nokia, Huawei is already the third largest smartphone manufacturer by sheer volume, behind Samsung and Apple. Getting Nokia might or might not help the company take the number one spot. It could become more of a burden than a blessing. However, time will tell how this story will unfold in the coming months or years.
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