Would You Buy a Dual Booting Handset with Android and Windows Phone?

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kingdranix

Dual boot might leave you with less space than usual. People who loves filling up their phones might complain. On the other hand, if they can make the screen to turn off while connected to hdmi, it will be great.

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allc0re

Sounds exactly like what I want. I've been wanting to take the Windows Phone plunge for a while, but can't seem to bring myself to lose my Android apps. This would be the decider right here. I'd buy it.

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wolfing

if they give me a discount of like $50 to have Windows in my Android phone, maybe.

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Frivera

Why? would would the PAY YOU to have Windows on your phone? Is it some kind of privilege to have you use their OS? No, no it isn't. You'd have the option of using either OS at no cost to you.
They say they're willing to forego a licensing fee for HTC and you want them to also give you a $50 discount, gee would you like some coffee and donuts to go along with that?

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MaximumMike

It could be interesting if done right. It would probably be the only way I would try Windows Phone anyway. But having Windows Phone, in and of itself, isn't a feature that would compel me to buy one phone over another. They would have to put it on a device I already want, like the Galaxy Note 3. Or, like GreenTrutle suggested, they could make it open source and they might find their user base would be quite a bit larger.

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GreenTurtle

MS... Make windows phone open source and maybe people will use it. Offer a ROM for some devices like the Nexus 4 and someone MIGHT try it...

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John Pombrio

It would be fun for about a week, then one or another OS would attract the user and the other would be completely ignored.

I have seen this with the Start Menu and Modern UI on Win8 (and 8.1). I played with it for a bit then went back to the desktop and never visited it since. Even with the Win8.1 upgrade, it was less than an hour before I said, nope, and back to the desktop.

My son could dual boot into Linux and Windows. I was cleaning up his machine when I booted into Windows. He had not booted Windows for over a year and a half and had the massive updates to prove it. I pulled his windows drive as he said that he never goes there. Better him than me, but he really likes Linux.

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Mediziner

I have my dual-bootin' HP Touchpad. Works quite well, and even though switching between two OS's might seem pointless and stupid, it's not as bad as you think. I would like to see this, as I prefer the design of W8 over android for just general calling and such, and would switch over to android for the apps

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froggz

Not dual booting, but the ability to burn either one from a website or external sd/internal memory. I wouldn't mind trying it out and experimenting some. But I own an android tablet and an android phone so I'm invested very deep with apps. Windows is facing the same problem all other OS had with the PC market when trying to penetrate the market against windows OS.

Karma is a bitch. Can't say I feel sorry for Microsoft.

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EKRboi

No. I would be interested in a dualboot handset with Android and Ubuntu touch. Take note HTC, do this and Ill actually buy one of your phones.

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vergingalactic

I only hope this get's ported to other phones so I can dual boot my note 2 with a custom aosp ROM. Windows phone is great for music or content consumption or working with office docs.

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The Mac

XDA has a successful dual boot project if you want to tinker...

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jgottberg

Dual boot?? Why? So I can have an old version of Win8 Mobile and no hope of ever updating Android to the latest release? Nah, I'm good.

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Zanshi

Dual-booting phones? Completely pointless.

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jason2393

I'd prefer dual-booting iOS and Android. I've never used Windows Phone... I've never seen a cheap one I could pick up... without a contract attached

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ilfipian

Not windows, no. But Ubuntu and Android, or to be able to switch between a ROM and the base installed locked Android easily, I might buy that.

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majorsuave

I would like it.

But would not want to pay more than for a comparable (see same specs) Android phone.

But most importantly, I would not want HTC Sense cooked on it.

Stock Android, Motorola's or even Samsung's.

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theJimKidd

I don't understand why anyone would use a google product.

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The Mac

wat....

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AFDozerman

Sure. I spend a lot of time at work waiting in a piece of equipment for the ground crew to do their thing. Android's plethora of games and apps would be good for that. I could switch back to WP for better battery life and quick communication. Being able to sync music and pictures with my PC quickly would be nice to have, too, since I listen to a lot of music and take a lot of pictures.

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Penterax

What I want MS to do is polish their phone OS, even make it a full-blown Windows device on top of making sure it gives up nothing to Android in features. I want them to put the efforts into the rest of the hardware Nokia put into the camera in the 1020. I have no use for Android, what I want is a Windows phone that is class-leading in all ways, not just a follower with good hardware. Be a leader, Microsoft, it is the position you should always take in everything you do.

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johna

Microsoft made this abortion called windows 8 why would I want a cell phone that wouldn't work.

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vergingalactic

Do you even know what an abortion is?

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zepolnavi

how about NO!!!.........

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Formedras

Hmm. Hater, hater, hater, oh, hey, Gikero talking tolerance and reason. And same with a guy called "The Mac"? Surprising. (And burntham seems less "hater" and more "uncomprehending".)

So, when are we ever going to get over that absurd fear of change? Win8 works well (and most of the functional changes are GOOD, kneejerkers), WP8 works well (except for file access limitations - what moron thought restricting SD access to manifest-defined file types was a good idea?), why the fanboyistic hate?

Also, this would make for an amazing developer device. I'd like to not have to have three devices to test for three platforms. (Too bad that two devices is the best we'll get, because Apple.)

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Eoraptor

well, considering I, like most people, rarely even turn off my phone to reboot...? no.

considering the exceedingly limited storage space on a phone? no

considering that dual booting in PC's is largely limited to productivity work and I know very few people coding, or indeed hard core gaming, on their phones? no.

and a few dozen other reasons for no as well.

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r3dd4wg

NO!

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Mikey109105

I despise Windows Phone, so let see...um...NO!

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Penterax

Have you ever even tried it?

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bjoswald

Nope.

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Gikero

Just for reference purposes, it would be neat idea. Use one OS primarily (Win Phone 8) and have the option for booting into Android when I need to know how to do something.

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Formedras

Not just reference. It'd make a good developer device. Even as small devices as phones, I'd still like to not have to carry more than I have to.

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r3dd4wg

LOL. Windows Phone OS would be like that sliding puzzle game you would go to once in awhile to waste time trying to figure out how to solve it.

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The Mac

If the data could be shared across both platforms it could be interesting.

I dont see much utility if you cant access all your messages/contacts without manually exporting/importing them each time you change os's

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Formedras

For text messages, the only option I see is web-based SMS, like Google Voice. For contacts, WP8 lets you sync contacts from your Gmail account.

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burntham77

If 64 gigs became standard for internal storage, maybe. But actually, no. Not ever.

Both operating systems offer plenty of apps and features. Either one is bound to get the job done for pretty much anyone.

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Gikero

I agree. I'd definitely need more local storage if I was going to even consider this.

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bpstone

No.