THE FIRST dual-booting Android and Windows Phone devices will debut later this year courtesy of Karbonn Mobiles, which reportedly has been given the thumbs up to do so from Microsoft.
Karbonn Mobiles, an Indian smartphone maker, has announced that it will launch the "world's first" dual-booting Android and Windows Phone device in June.
Karbonn chairman Sudhir Hasija told the Times of India, "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."
That's all we know about the dual-boot devices so far, but Hasija added that the smartphones will be aimed at "professionals" and "techies". It's not clear how users will switch between the two operating systems, and it's also still unclear what benefit this will offer smartphone buyers.
While we don't know much about the devices, news of dual-boot Android and Windows Phone devices shows that Microsoft is easing its restrictions surrounding its Windows Phone mobile operating system, likely in order to get it into the hands of more consumers.
This isn't the first time we've heard of the firm pushing dual-OS devices either, with Bloomberg having reported in October that Microsoft asked HTC to load Windows Phone on its flagship Android smartphones.
The firm is also reportedly pleased with Nokia's decision to launch the Android powered Nokia X devices, with the Finnish phone firm using them to leverage both its own and Microsoft's services. µ