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Microsoft Reportedtly Asks HTC to Put Windows Phone on Its Android Devices

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According to reports out of Bloomberg, Microsoft is holding discussions with HTC in hopes that the Taiwanese manufacturer will bake in Windows Phone right alongside the Android OS on select handsets. In turn, Microsoft will possibly waive the Windows Phone licensing fee, which will then give consumers the option of choosing a default OS on the phones. As weird as it sounds, HTC may try just about anything to turn its fortunes around, after posting less-than-ideal quarterly numbers. 

Steve Ballmer and a team of high-level executives apparently took a trip recently to Beijing in order to discuss the deal, but there is no word on whether HTC agreed to such an offer or not. When Bloomberg reached out for comment from Microsoft and HTC, both companies declined to say anything on the matter.

We could see the potential benefit of dual-booting a Windows OS on an Android device, but to swap Android for Windows Phone completely? You must be joking. Do you think it’s a good idea for HTC to take Microsoft up on its offer? What’s the worst that could happen? If you are HTC, you can’t do much worse financially, right?

Via: Bloomberg

  • Brian_2112

    Definitely an interesting development. As a fan of Android and curious about Windows Phone 8, I can see both of these platforms coexisting, giving consumers the option to use either one. It could be seen as either a helpful boost for WP8, or a much-needed boost for HTC.

    That is, if it succeeds…

  • Sorry. The days of the HD2 are gone, buddy. {{-_-}}

  • findjaysee

    I downloaded that app that gives you the Windows Mobile experience and found it cool. After a day though, I got bored & uninstalled. The joy of having Android, a great OPEN experience.

  • bret

    Heres the problem I see with it….. as an android user I thinknthis would be cool but say theyre talking about the one. They would have to sell it at the same price as the android one . I personally dpnt think that wp8 sells as good as android so I think they dont sell as good as the android htc one. So they lower prices to sell em. People start buying that in place of android and just hack it and run android. So now htc is being undersold by themselves. Just my opinion would be cool to see.

  • Pedro

    A guy I work with got the Nokia 521.
    He has yet to figure out where the Downloads folder is.
    Drives him nuts. I just chuckle, since I have root with the N4.

  • Skooter

    And Samsung decides to follow and releases Galaxy X that dual boots IOS and Android! Then the world explodes.

    • Jamie

      Windows Phone or Tizen

  • anehlo

    Google should go to Microsoft/Nokia and ask if they’ll dual boot Android on their Lumias.

    • JMonkeYJ

      haha! that would be hilarious

  • duke69111

    I’m not majorly wild about it, but I’m not against it either. Why not have both os’s.

  • FknTwizted

    Actually I see this as a good thing with this premise. They can sell to either a android user and or a WP8 user and only have to produce one phone. This could potentially cut cost of manufacturing and allowing end users to try both without having to buy both… Think about this why haven’t you tried iOs or WP8? is it because you have and don’t like it or you have invested too much $$ in one and are afraid of change? Almost like a cake and eat it too aspect. just food for thought.

  • xXAaronSXx

    It sounds like a good idea initially but I think sooner than later you’d end up only booting one of the operating systems. I can’t imagine that I’d d/l both versions of a given app just because some days I feel like WP and other days I feel like Android. For me personally, it might be neat to have the option ( or novelty) of WP just to try or show my friends that I can do it, but it’d ultimately end up just an Android phone in daily use with extra storage taken up by the other OS. Although, it may convert some Android users to using WP mainly. Which is what I think MS is hoping, but it may also get WP users to use Android mainly.

  • Aardvark99

    As a web mobile developer I **guess** I’d like this. One phone = 2 OSes to test on. But it’s honestly quicker to grab a second phone then to reboot (esp when I don’t pay for the devices).

  • Isn’t the Samsung Actv Q being kept from going on sale by Google because Samsung is trying to have Windows and Android on the same device? Seems like Google wouldn’t allow them to have both on a smartphone either.

  • Mike Hilal

    Maybe microsoft will make them fix the horrific button layout

    • Jeremy Turnley

      They would probably make them put the hardware camera button back on, so that would be a good thing.

      • Mike Hilal

        I wouldn’t mind that at all.

  • Just like a desktop computer, I guess I can support you being able to install/pick whichever OS you would like.

  • Stephen Cox

    I…. actually don’t see a downside to having this as an *option*…. more choices for the consumer as to how they decided to use their hardware, even if it isn’t Android, is better for everyone.

  • Michael Hammond

    Glad I don’t have any inkling of getting an HTC device. Sucks to be future HTC users, presuming it goes through.

    • epps720

      As long as they do this well I don’t know how this could be a bad thing. You have the option of using either system. If you hate Windows, then you don’t ever have to use it.

  • BrothaDave

    depending on how they configure it this might actually be a cool idea. If they can get the right hardware configuration, memory, etc I wouldn’t mind having a phone that dual boots bo OS’s I don’t really see the problem. Microsoft won the money fight a long time ago so HTC can either keep paying the crazy fees to Microsoft or make dual booting phones that you can choose, I repeat CHOOSE which OS to use.

    What Microsoft will really be doing is “borrowing” all the information that Google obtains through Android, that’s probably the real issue. I already have one company with all my information I really don’t want another one with it, especially Microsoft.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      If they dual boot, there would be complete segregation between the OSes. Windows Phone is all about segregation – it doesn’t even allow apps on itself to see the storage from other apps, there is no way it would allow another OS access to their side or vice-versa. MS might get some of your personal info, but it would be via you entering it, not via the other OS.

      • BrothaDave

        Thank you that’s good to know. Now I definitely don’t have a problem with them doing it

  • BigtomJones

    This would be great but with an option to run stock android instead of windows.

  • Kyle Lehman

    I read this and see huge delays in OTA updates.

    • JoshGroff

      What’s an OTA?

      • Kyle Lehman

        Haha… you got me there. I haven’t applied one of those since my OG Droid but to to the general public and people that are obsessed with android version percentages, its a big deal.

        • JoshGroff

          The last phone I applied an OTA to was my Note 2 on VZW. It was also the only phone I didn’t feel a need to tweak and left pure stock.

  • J2886M

    great way to have to wait around for two OS updates.. vzw would have a field day with these releases


  • NemaCystX

    Love that ThunderBolt back to this day

  • gadget_hero

    I am thinking this is a whats the worst that could happen. I think this could spur other OEMs to allow dual booting which I think would be pretty cool.

    • Adrynalyne

      Conflict of interest between OS companies.

      • gadget_hero

        Yes but consider the smartphone as a mobile computer, as computers quite regularly can run multiple OSs.

        • Adrynalyne

          They aren’t sold that way, however.

          • gadget_hero

            That is true, but their is no law stating that is how it must be. I remember VMware and Verizon working on something similar to this so there is precedent out there.

          • Adrynalyne

            I might be wrong, but I think it does violate Microsoft’s OEM license (not end user license). Its been years, but I’ve heard that before.

          • gadget_hero

            I don’t think it is inherently against Microsoft OEM policies, what about laptops that have the quick boot OS stuff, like the Voodoo PC, ASUS, and MSI models that have that? Besides Microsoft has changed policies before in Windows 7 if you built your own computer a lot of people bought OEM copies. In Windows 8 Microsoft made System Builder editions as OEM copies weren’t meant for private usage.

  • meijin3

    Seems kind of cool to me.

  • CaptainCaleb

    It’s like Miley…

    • CHRIS42060

      So does this mean the phones will one day grow up to be completely insane??

  • Wow, don’t tell the truth about HTC on here or you will get so much hate. The fanbois are in denial about the loser brand they support.

    • I don’t see anyone here denying HTC’s recent downfalls. We’re all pretty clear headed, except for the occasional troll^.

      • Clearly you are! I applaud your unbiased opinions in this article. Keep it up!

  • MichaelFranz

    better be some 32GB devices with expandable as opposed to 16Gb. Im all for it as i think it would be fun. Kind of like how Oppo is doing their own android and optional cyanogen.

    • tomn1ce

      better be a 64GB device with the current 32GB device price tag.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        What? Compared to what Apple charges for each extra storage update, everyone else is basically giving it away. 😉

      • MichaelFranz

        i’d be perfectly fine with that and you know what i would give windows OS a chance. I;d rock it for a while. As long as the data on the phone is shared. Liek photos from windows can be viewed on android. same for messages and phone log. app and app data obviously not. a 64GB phone with a premium build and solid camera. I would be very game for it.

  • Butters619

    Microsoft: buys huge struggling smart phone company; partners with external cell phone company.

  • Matt Isaacs

    I think I would like this, I have wanted to try out WP8 and this would give me that option.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      If you are on AT&T or T-Mobile you can pick up a Lumia 520/521 for under $100 off contract if you really want to try it out. The 52x is outselling just about every phone on the market globally – it’s a really, really nice device for the price.

    • aQuickBit

      It’s nice once you get used to it. The live tiles are really awesome and make your phone fell very personal in a weird way. Hard as hell to get used to coming from Android that is for sure. Took me around 3 weeks to really start and enjoy it. Can’t stand that you’re limited to IE as your browser but whatever. Is a very nice and elegant user interface. May seem like a bit of a mess to start but I think it’s a diamond in the rough. Gotta say, getting my HTC one and coming back to android felt amazing and I just picked up from where I left off. WP8 also made me a fan of skydrive and I use it more than Google now. Just give it a chance. You may be surprised.

  • SparkysShocker

    My first taste on Android was exactly this I owned the HTC Touch which was Windows Mobile 6.1 and thanks to the great folks over at XDA it was able to dual boot into Android Cupcake and Doughnut.

    This is a great idea because both platforms offer features that I want.

    • JoshGroff

      Even if it’s either or, given that it can run both, someone will find a way to force a dual boot set up.

  • Shane Redman

    I’m still mad at them for putting a halt to Nokia trying to make android phones…..now this

  • possomcrast1

    As an HTC One user…

  • aye_winchell

    Embrace, extend, extinguish. Remember this HTC.

    Also, if Microsoft was serious about getting windows phone to peeps they would just give it away and let those of us with the know how to do our own dual boot.

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  • Heh

    HTC is doing too well and the share price is still too high. Put Elop there for a couple of years.

    • aQuickBit

      Then have Microsoft purchase HTC in a few years, run android and wp8 on a hybrid device made from both HTC and Nokia. Imagine an HTC one combined with a Nokia lumia. It’d be like some legendary super phone spawned from Zeus himself.

  • Artune

    The beginning of the end….

  • Granpa0

    I hope this comes to fruition. Being able to dual boot OSes would be awesome!

    • jorelkilcullen

      Having had the option of dual booting WebOS or CM9 for over a year now on my Touchpad, I can tell you that WebOS has not been booted once in the past 12 months. Why would someone choose to boot an inferior OS? I cant think of one thing WP8 does that Android can’t do except aggravate the hell outta me just to see that Microsoft logo.

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  • schoat333

    I think this is a great idea. Give the users a choice. You know VZW will never allow one of these phone on their network tho.

  • Ken Bosse

    I wonder if this is just a ploy to get Microsoft’s market share numbers up.

    • That’s exactly what it is.

      • Steve Ballmer


        • Jarred Sutherland

          No no, this is NOT Steve .. it would have been …

          LIES!!! ALLLLL LIES!!!!!

          “Lies.” is far too tame for the Ball man

          • Michael

            How do I petition them to just drop Sense and run stock android? Problem solved

    • tomn1ce

      Why else will they do it?

      • Ken Bosse

        Well the real reason should be to get the actual OS into more peoples hands to grow in popularity. Since that’s not working, why not make it look good by the numbers so they can say they are relevant

    • ARP

      What other reason would there be to do it…?

  • TeeJay1100

    No leader == No direction and the company wonders lost.

  • Adan H.

    I read this and I just see an excellent attack vector for rooting and getting S-OFF

    • Jeremy Turnley

      It’ll actually probably make it a lot harder – WP8 devices are hardened at all levels, it’s one of their primary strengths. The only WP8 devices that have been hacked at all are the Samsung ones, and even those are pretty limited in scope.

  • ceejw

    I can’t imagine that Google would allow the Play Store on a device that can dual boot Android and WP8.

    • htowngtr

      Why? Would make no difference since neither OS would have access to the other.

    • schoat333

      Why would they care? The Android apps will only function in Android.

      • ceejw

        Because an Android device that can run a competing operating system from Microsoft would send a confusing brand message to users.

        • SparkysShocker

          Enter the BB PlayBook. Although most companies would agree with your argument Google is not most companies.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            Yes, but Google does not treat MS like it does other companies, either.

          • Garan Copas

            YOu can say that again. Google does to MS what Apple does to google.

    • DoctorJB

      Asus Transformer Book Trio has win8 and android with Play Store (per pre-release units).

    • Artune

      Google’s main focus is getting their search engine/apps on OS’s, if they cared about that stuff they wouldn’t have Google Now and their other top apps on Iphones. It’s all about selling their services, making money on ads etc.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        Google has actively opposed MS’s latest efforts at every turn – there are no Google apps on WP8 or Windows 8 (except a basic search) and they have stymied MS’ efforts to make compatible ones.

        Think of it this way – Apple has an established market that Google needs to remove, so they continue with the support so when a user decides to change to Android there’s not much shock. In the case of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, they instead need to prevent them from getting market share to begin with, so they make the transition as much a shock as possible. It’s EXACTLY what MS did in the 90’s to all of its competitors.