Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 10:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Homegrown mobile phone-maker Karbonn Mobiles is all set to launch dual-OS (operating system) devices, which will support both Android and Windows, by June.

The company has just signed the licence agreement with Microsoft to make Windows-based phones and will put this along with its existing Android system to bring out the dual-OS phones in about six months, the company's chairman Sudhir Hasija said.

I wonder what will happen if Google were to resort to the same illegal tactics that Microsoft used to force OEMs into not dual-booting BeOS back in the day.

In the end, I'm just filing this one under 'poetic justice'. Shoe's on the other foot now, Redmond.

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Microsoft lowering the bar?
by bitwelder on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 11:17 UTC
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2010-04-27

"Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players."

That's an interesting bit of information.
I wonder why they do that only now... perhaps the platform wasn't attractive enough?

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RE: Microsoft lowering the bar?
by Morgan on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 11:53 in reply to "Microsoft lowering the bar?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

My first thought was "Well, they have an Android phone with the Nokia X, I bet they are exploring dual booting themselves and don't want to be seen as hypocrites." But really, that doesn't make any sense; Microsoft has never cared about overt hypocrisy in the past.

I guess it's just all about the profits after all. They get royalties on Android installs, and licensing fees for WP. Double dipping at its finest.

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

They do that only now because only now did any manufacturer agree to go along with them on it.

They tried to get HTC to do this last year. They proposed a low to no-cost license fee if they would offer dual OS phones. HTC told them no.

Karbonn has told them yes. So only now will it happen.

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