Last week, a new rumor surfaced claiming that Microsoft was attempting to convince HTC to bring Windows Phone to their Android devices as a second option. Now new details have arrived by way of Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, who claims that Microsoft also reached out to Samsung and Huawei with the same dual-booting offer.
To sweeten the deal, Microsoft is allegedly willing to eliminate licensing fees and may even compensate the manufacturers for any adaptation costs. Is this a desperate move on Microsoft’s part, or a brilliant one? Maybe a little of both.
By adding Windows Phone to several Android devices, Microsoft would have a way of quickly bolstering its marketshare numbers. Additionally, this would be an easy way to get Windows Phone into the hands of consumers that might be curious about the OS, but not willing to risk switching completely to a new platform.
At the same time, dual-booting on a mobile device is going to take up precious room on already limited flash drives, with little added benefit for most consumers. That means that these ‘special edition’ dual-booting devices might end up sitting on store shelves for a while.
Will anyone take up Microsoft’s offer?
The big question left is whether or not Samsung, Huawei or HTC will bite on this offer. While we aren’t so sure about Huawei or HTC, Samsung apparently already has a deal in the works.
According to Unwired View, a large-screen version of the Galaxy Tab 2014 Edition will reportedly dual-boot Android and Windows RT. This isn’t exactly the same deal as dual-booting WP8 and Android, but it accomplishes the same goals for Microsoft: expanding marketshare and getting users to give Microsoft’s mobile efforts a try.
On the flipside, we’re not sure what benefit Windows RT would add for Samsung devices. Windows RT has not only fared poorly on the market, but it also has considerably less apps onboard and lacks support for legacy Windows apps. The only advantage we can think of is that Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office, though that’s not nearly as important of a benefit as it used to be.
It’s important to remember that all of these claims are based on a series of unconfirmed rumors, and therefore speculation is highly advised. What do you think of the move – can you seen any scenarios where such a dual-booting solution would prove useful?