How cool it would be if you could access your favorite iPhone apps from your Android phone or tablet or Android apps from your Windows phone or vice-versa? Remember your dual booting PC? Windows OS in one partition and Linux on the other; soon you could do the same from your mobile phone. A dual-booting mobile phone? Yes.
Recently Microsoft purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services that makes Nokia the biggest windows phone manufacturer, Microsoft still wants other companies like Samsung and Sony to produce Windows Phone handsets. According to the report from Bloomberg website, the company has asked HTC to provide dual-boot Android and Windows Phone based on current hardware.
Microsoft was ready to reduce the cost or even for free of Windows Phone licensing fees to make this possible, and executive Terry Myerson is headed to Taiwan to meet with HTC over the proposal. Android Central reports the HTC has been looking into the engineering costs associated with in making of a dual-boot Android/Windows Phone, but it is not said how far the project has progressed.
At the stage when HTC launched HTC-one early this year, the company struggled to turn its market on. Even now it is struggling to turn a profit and compete with large Android OEMs such as Samsung, Sony has no idea right now to produce a new Windows 8 Phones. This Dual-booting option would be certainly interesting proposition, but at the same time it is questionable whether it’s actually something consumers would want over a standalone Android OS or Windows 8 Phone OS device. But this is little interesting isn’t it.
Although Microsoft has been trying hard to push the windows Phone to the market as a serious alternative to Android and iOS, the mobile operating system only commands 3.7 percent of the smartphone market. This was unusual for Microsoft to explore options aside from standalone Windows Phone devices, but if OEMs are not willing to pay Microsoft, this might be the only way to expose customers to their OS. Lets wish good luck for Microsoft.