First Dual-Booting Windows and Android Phone Slated for June Release

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TheRyGuy

I think it's an interesting idea, and they're taking a not-so-risky chance with Windows Phone. I really like the UI of Windows phone over Android and iOS, and I like the availability of apps on Android. That said, would this compel me to purchase a phone like this? Maybe not in my current situation. I've got a Lumia 920 and an Nvidia Shield. I've got my fix for both mobile platforms. Perhaps this is for people who are indecisive, or even curious about Windows Phone. They wouldn't need to commit to either OS. I'll keep an eye on this for sure.

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macmooda

I can't see a single reason for needing to duel boot on a phone. Anyone on this site, who would actually want that and out of curiosity, why? Thanks.

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iheartpcs

Why?

Give me one reason why anyone would need a dual booting phone?

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Gikero

Anyone?

I would. I use Windows Phone by choice and still need to be knowledgeable about the other platforms. It would be useful because that means one less device to carry around. I keep a iOS and Android device in my bag.

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PCWolf

Android has a lot of issues in my book. Such as Security Flaws Google refuses to fix and a lot of annoying problems, such as not letting users stop Apps from running in the Background & killing your battery, not being able to prevent Apps from connecting to the Internet, Stealing your contacts list, sending annoying advertising txt's to your contacts or revoking any Apps permissions that NO APP should have, like Turning on your Mic & Camera without your permission & without notification (Why would Firefox for Android even need such permission!!) Yet even with all those problems, I would still pick Android over a Windows Phone. I don't like the tacky lame looking Tile UI in Windows 8 & I don't like it on a phone either.

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LatiosXT

>such as not letting users stop Apps from running in the Background & killing your battery
You can stop them. And you can disable them as of 4.3 or 4.4

>not being able to prevent Apps from connecting to the Internet
If it's ad-supported... that kind of is a must.

>Stealing your contacts list, sending annoying advertising txt's to your contacts or revoking any Apps permissions that NO APP should have, like Turning on your Mic & Camera without your permission & without notification (Why would Firefox for Android even need such permission!!)
Then don't install the app. Those security permissions are there for a reason: to shift the blame on the user. If you need to ask why, go ask the developer.

Also the trump card: Root the damn device. The reason why a lot of these features are hidden is because people may come across them and screw up their device. But it would be nice to let them open up security features if you put the device into dev mode (which is kind of out-of-the-box to get to)

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Peanut Fox

I remember not only stopping apps, but limiting what permissions they had such as GPS, camera, or any other functions you don't want it touching. This was back on my Froyo Thunderbolt.

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Peanut Fox

I don't know if even a tech minded individual would be all that interested. Dual booting has always been terrible. It's a concession to liking one experience and needing the other, and in the end you either try to like the one you need, or find substitutes for what you need on what you like.

Managing two sets of contact lists and applications seems like a chore. I suppose they could bridge that with software I'm sure, but it seems a bit inelegant.

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Engelsstaub

I hadn't even read past the title yet and my initial thought was "Why?"

Srs: who would need multiple OSes on a phone when they can do everything they need to do with Android?

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dedgar

"Why?" +1

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Chronologist

The only reason I would ever want a dual boot mobile device is to have Microsoft Office on Windows. Otherwise, I'll use Android for everything else. It's a bit like carrying two smartphones; kind of pointless. Most users will probably end up only ever using the Android side of it anyways.

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dedgar

Kingsoft Office
Quickoffice
Olive Office Premium
and more on a google search
Kinda obviates the need for M$ Office and a dual boot cell phone.

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LatiosXT

OpenOffice/LibreOffice already obviates the need for MS Office anyway.

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LatiosXT

If it's an x86 tablet then it opens up the doors for Windows. And having such a thing is still pretty useable. I'd say moreso than Android.