First dual-boot Windows Phone and Android smartphone scheduled for this year

by: Robert TriggsMarch 3, 2014

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The Times of India is reporting that Indian phone manufacturer Karbonn Mobiles is planning to release dual-boot devices as early as June, which will run both Windows Phone and Android. It wasn’t too long ago that we heard the first news about Intel’s quick switching dual-boot technology, and although we don’t yet know if Karbonn is planning to make use of Intel’s technology or not, the idea of dual-booting Android and Windows is one which seems to be gaining momentum.

The company has recently signed the licensing agreement with Microsoft to develop Windows-based phones, which it will then place alongside Google’s Android operating system.

”Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows phones in about three months,” Sudhir Hasija, Karbonn Chairman

Whilst dual-booting Android and Windows on a laptop or tablet has clear advantages for business users, it’s not quite so clear what advantages dual-boot has on a smartphone, although the devices will apparently be targeted at professionals and tech-savy individuals. My guess is that this is actually a very beneficial arrangement for Microsoft, whereby Windows Phone users to have access to the huge range of popular Android apps, Android being the most popular mobile operating system in India. This could turn out to be a way into emerging markets for Microsoft’s more expensive operating system.

We don’t know anything about the hardware, price, or regional availability of such a dual-boot Android device yet. It’s going to be interesting to see how this trend develops over the next couple of years.

  • MasterMuffin

    This is just a way for MS to say how their Os is getting more popular, even though people will just use Android and never switch to WP ;D

    “Whilst dual-booting Android and Windows on a laptop or tablet has clear advantages for business users” what clear advantages? I really don’t get why a business user would need Android in his/her laptop!

    • Dualdroid

      We get the best of both Worlds.

      Two is always better than one.

  • Abhijith Manoj

    I hope no other phones get dual booting, it’ll obviously take most of the internal storage.

  • Sorc

    Will not support. Why would I need WP if already have Android. The cons outweigh the benefits.

  • Neil Martin

    Ummm! Dual-boot smartphone? Damn, that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. But it would be phenomenal if they could pull it off. The only thing I hate is MS trying to shove Bing down my throat at every given opportunity. Hope Google & MS reach an agreement on that first!

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  • Tyler Hatch

    You could just use launcher 8 to get a WP experience for free. You could boot into that, as well as your stock launcher (or another launcher) and still get the best of both worlds. And if you are coming from iphone use ilauncher it’s like ios. You could buy a note 3 and have a big screen, spen and whatever ui you want, sounds great to me.

  • I think everyone love this dual boot operating system. Because android and window both have their own lovers. I’m waiting for this dual boot operating system smartphone.