Dual boot Android-Windows Phone HTC One makes little sense

Dual boot Android-Windows Phone HTC One makes little sense

Summary: There appear to be talks between Microsoft and HTC about reducing or eliminating Windows Phone license fees with one possibility being a dual boot solution.

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Dual boot Android-Windows Phone HTC One makes little sense
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There are likely many die-hard smartphone fans that would like to see a dual boot operating system option on their favorite device. Those people can do this now with an HTC HD2, but there is a possibility that this could be an official offering from HTC in the future.

Even as a fan of Windows Phone, this make little sense for the consumer market.

The HTC One is still my favorite smartphone ever and today is the first time I am taking out my SIM card to put into my new Galaxy Note 3 and try a different device as my primary phone. I have it loaded with MoDaCo SWITCH so I can dual boot into Sense 5 or Google Play Edition, which offers me the best choice in Android.

I like using Windows Phone, but every time I try to use it for my primary device it falls short of my needs due to lack of apps, lack of ability to rent and watch movies (I am a train commuter and honestly do find this useful), and lack of useful multi-tasking. Android is honestly a much more capable operating system and thus I don't see why any consumer would want to switch from an Android experience to a Windows Phone experience on one device.

HTC has done a fabulous job with the HTC One and as I previously wrote you actually get many benefits of the Windows Phone experience already with the HTC One.

Dual booting also means consumption of the device's memory to support the second operating system. HTC's Sense is already loading up memory on the device and special HTC One models would likely have to be developed to support such a dual boot function.

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  • Dualboot

    Wouln't mind a dual-boot phone if it mean keeping business and personal lives segregated. Of course two distinct OSs isn't necessary, but a hardened, restricted OS for the business side would seem to make sense.
    dsf3g
    • I think dual boot is jumping the shark

      The same phone with a choice of Windows or Android would expand HTCs market and differentiate them from the Android crowd. I don't think they were talking about dual boot... The author jumped the shark on that.
      greywolf7
    • Correct, two OSs aren't necessary to segregate business and personal use

      Examples:

      o Samsung's KNOX for Employees
      o BlackBerry's Balance™

      Having two mobile OSs dual booting on a smartphone seems clumsy to me. Having a button or swipe to switch between OSs might be interesting. With Ubuntu Edge (which failed to generate sufficient interest) and, more generally, with Ubuntu for Android, there was a mobile OS, Android, and a desktop OS, Ubuntu. When docked, the smartphone boots into desktop mode with Ubuntu, but Android is still available for use.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • HTC shouldn't go for complex options

        In a struggle for survival making complex options available will just alienate consumers. Some geeks might find it interesting but they will not survive attempting that strategy.

        This whole dual boot premise is a misunderstanding of the intent or complete misrepresentation for dodgy purposes.
        greywolf7
    • Windroy

      It would make more sense for HTC to buy out SocketeQ and develop Windroy to run on the Windows Phone. This would allow them to run 4.0.3 Android with the Windows kernel.

      Windroy already runs on Windows 7 & 8.
      kyron.gustafson9
  • Microsoft is likely

    doing everythign it can to keep HTC from jumping ship. If that means compromise , then so be it ! The interesting thing will be do people then buy Apps for the Windows Phone side or simply stay with stock apps. If so, it may not drive much additional business to Microsoft App Store, but may help Microsoft publish higher numbers of phone sold to raise their market percentage. Also interesting to see how those Dual Boot phones are score for the purpose of OS percentage tracking (since they are dual boot, one would almost have to think they would simply be a wash and not counted).
    jkohut
  • of course

    nothing with windows makes sense
    ljenux
  • I don't like the dual boot option...

    ...it should be either or, but having both available to activated. Maybe have a preview of the other to try it out. Also, I would want to have to option to completely delete one of the OSs to free up space. But it makes sense for both Microsoft and HTC to do this. It gets Windows Phone on more phones and HTC doesn't have to manufacture phones specifically for Windows Phone. One problem is the buttons. I wouldn't want the Android buttons at the bottom if I choose Windows Phone (and probably vice versa).
    toph36
    • Or select

      during set-up which one you want and it is locked in (or changeable thereafter with a little switcher app).
      wright_is
  • Dual boot Android-Windows Phone HTC One makes little sense

    It does make little sense to have android on the device. Just use Microsoft Windows Phone on it and you will be happy. And if for some reason they do use a dual boot people will just continue to boot into Microsoft Windows Phone. Android on that phone will be forgotten.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • DId you just read what Matthew as a user and fan of windows OS has said?:

      "Android is honestly a much more capable operating system and thus I don't see why any consumer would want to switch from an Android experience to a Windows Phone experience on one device."
      FACT.
      He is not like you - a windows only fanboy who has only used windows phone with a deep seated hatred for linux and google.
      drwong
  • Right

    Microsoft + Desperate + Lame
    timspublic1
  • HTC will be BB in a year anyway

    then they will vanish.
    everss02
  • Freedom...

    HTC can concentrate on making one or two decent handsets, not having to duplicate everything for WP8 and Android. The consumer then decides which phone they want and then, when they fist boot, they decide which OS they want. After that, the phone would automatically boot into the chosen OS, until the user ran a little APP to switch to the other.

    I agree, most people won't dual boot, but giving the consumer the choice of OS on their chosen hardware might be a good step.
    wright_is
  • GovComm 33t6

    My HTC has 4 OS quadboot!


    Your government at work.
    NSAagent666
  • makes perfect sense ...

    see now microsoft will count every android phone sold as windows phone ...
    bksgs1
  • MS needs to do something

    Somehow MS must find a way to maintain relevancy. Their mobile entries have been less than stunning and smack of uncertainty. Windows desktop is in decline.

    They've made plenty from Windows over the years. Maybe now is the time to change the model and stop charging per seat and concentrate on the ecosystem.

    Free Windows Phone licences would be a start. You know that HTC and Samsung will be taking into account just how much Nokia will be paying per installation.
    dcarmi
  • Dual Boot?

    Why would HTC want to pay Microsoft twice for each device? They have to may Microsoft for Android or Windows Phone. So, having both on the device would about double the licensing cost.
    rmark2
    • At least try and READ the article

      or the part "There appear to be talks between Microsoft and HTC about reducing or eliminating Windows Phone license fees with one possibility being a dual boot solution."

      Really?!
      hoppmang
  • bring it on!

    more people would find more reasons not to use windoze.
    Android is so much superior!
    LlNUX Geek