According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Microsoft have been in talks with HTC to offer consumers a smartphone that dual-boots both Windows Phone and Android in order to give the customer a choice between OS. It’s now come to light that Microsoft have been poking Samsung and Huawei, both previous primary suppliers of Windows Phone handsets.
Huawei have kept schtum about the talks but it seems that Samsung might be more than willing to entertain Microsoft’s idea. According to Mobile Review the technology isn’t the problem, but more the question of how much Samsung are willing to pay Microsoft for something which I personally believe would be a waste of money. The report from Bloomberg mentioned that Microsoft would be willing to kick the licencing fee for this feature but no word on whether the same option was given to Samsung.
The Mobile Review also mentioned something about Samsung preparing a dual-boot Windows RT and Android tablet stating that the memory is not shared between the two OS’ so either one can run freely but not at the same time. Again, details were thin at this point.
As it stands right now, this is nothing but speculation with neither companies coming forward to confirm or deny said rumours so take them with a pinch of salt.
Personally I think it would be a waste of money for Samsung, HTC, or Huawei to go ahead and take on this deal. If I’m given the option to choose Windows or Android, I’d choose Android. For me Windows Phone has nothing to offer and the app ecosystem is practically non-existent. If the option to switch between Windows or Android on one handset became available, I’d probably seldom switch between, if at all.