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[AC]Microsoft wants HTC's Android phones to dual-boot into Windows Phone

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Microsoft is in talks with HTC to get its Windows Phone operating system loaded onto the manufacturer's Android phones as a second OS, according to reports from Bloomberg. Terry Myerson, head of the software giant's operating systems unit, is reported to have reached out to HTC over allowing its Android devices to dual-boot into Windows Phone, with the reduction or elimination of licensing fees purportedly being offered as an incentive. Myerson is planning a visit to Taiwan to meet with HTC execs over the proposal, the outlet's sources say.

Additionally, one Bloomberg source claims HTC has no current plans to release any more standalone Windows Phone handsets, which might explain Microsoft's apparent desire to shoehorn its OS onto future HTC phones through a dual-booting option.

Interesting for both sides as HTC is hemorrhaging money and Microsoft is looking for ways to increase Windows Phone Market Share. MS is currently collecting a licensing fee from HTC for each Android phone they make so reducing/waiving that fee in exchange for dual boot seems like a likely deal.

The upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is going to enable large screen(>4.5") 1080p screen support so that makes WP viable on devices such as One and its successor (rumored to be running S800, same as the rumored 6" Phablet Lumia 1520). If I have to guess the device in discussion is the successor to HTC One, if it inherits One's 32GB/64GB storage arrangements then dual boot shouldn't be too much of a problem in term of storage space.
Edited by sherlock - 10/4/13 at 7:16am
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post #2 of 22
That would be pretty convenient to have. I've been on WP8 since November and have all the apps I need/used on Android, but dual boot would be cool so you can access the hundreds of thousands of additional apps in the Play Store.
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That's awesome. Phone better ship with more internal memory though! Would be an interesting way to benchmark various tools from the same exact phone in different OS's.

Also, the hardware it takes to get android smooth...it'll make W8 blazingly quick
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hmm...

EFI motherboards come along and MS try to get them to only boot into windows to stop people using Linux ... Ms try to sneak in for a dual boot on a Linux based mobile device...
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^lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by phill1978 View Post

hmm...

EFI motherboards come along and MS try to get them to only boot into windows to stop people using Linux ... Ms try to sneak in for a dual boot on a Linux based mobile device...

I wish I had windows 8 mobile on my SG4. There are things that android can do that w8 cant do, but there are things that W8 can do that far outweigh the experience of *trying* to it in android.

The best thing is choice, otherwise your argument is no better than MS forcing OEMs to not install other browsers on their machines w/ windows.
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I like the sound of this, now all we need is to be allowed dual boot on Nokia phones to run android on them tongue.gif
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Meh, I'll still wait for Ubuntu touch for my nexus, if it works the way they say, it's gonna be pretty cool.
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Microsoft is like a death angel. Goes to problematic companies and tries to take them to other side. The side of the dead companies. Like it saved Nokia and Dell. No HTC don't go with Microsoft.
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Don't do it HTC. Let M$ die alone.

After all

Fail x win = fail
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