Huawei phones will be able to run cloud-based Windows 10

This may seem like an odd combination but Huawei has announced plans to make it possible to run Windows 10 on several of their Android-powered smartphones and mobile devices. The capability will be made available through a new Huawei Cloud PC service and only requires installation of an app on the device. The Huawei hardware that will be able to take advantage of this new service include the Huawei P20, the P20 Pro, the Mate 10, the Mate RS and the MediaPad M5 tablet.

To make this combination of Windows 10 on an Android-powered smartphone work, Huawei makes use of their Huawei Desktop Protocol. Users are then able to connect to a cloud-based version of Windows 10 running on servers in specific geographic locations. One of the benefits is that the Windows 10 system can access the file system of the device it is running on. Source point to an example of a user taking a picture with their smartphone device and then being able to edit the image using a full-blown desktop version of software like Photoshop.

Trying to run a full Windows 10 installation on a smartphone may seem a bit unrealistic short of some really good eyes or magnifying glasses. However, if a user has an external monitor and connects it to their smartphone via a USB-C cable, the Windows 10 desktop can be expanded to full screen on the external monitor. This means the smartphone can effectively serve as a desktop computer.

Huawei has not announced a launch date or what pricing for this new service will be. Initially Huawei plans to only make it available in the Chinese market, but it could eventually reach the European market. Given the U.S. government’s position with regard to Huawei, it is unlikely the service will ever be available in the U.S.

source: Android Authority


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.