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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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 12:44 UTC
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2011-05-12

I once had a PC that was able to boot 6 different operating systems, which seemed like a cool thing to be able to do.

It turned out to be very inconvenient.

And I suspect it will be the same with a phone that needs to reboot to switch OS. In the end you prefer one of the operating systems. If you switch to the less preferred one there will be a lot of forced pulling you back to the system you like more. In the end you'll stick with one OS.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 14:18 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-01-28

MOS6510,

I once had a PC that was able to boot 6 different operating systems, which seemed like a cool thing to be able to do.

It turned out to be very inconvenient.

And I suspect it will be the same with a phone that needs to reboot to switch OS.



Granted, I don't understand why a normal user would want to do it. I guess maybe it'd be good for users who are undecided and want to try out both. But as a developer I really like the option. For that matter I'd really like the option to run multiple versions of the same OS, which would be pointless for users.

At least on our PC's it was fairly easy to configure our bootloaders however we wanted. Nowadays manufacturer imposed device restrictions really cramp the flexibility that we used to take for granted.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by ddc_ on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 15:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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2006-12-05

So, users will have to either synchronize and store contacts, schedules, bookmarks, etc. on both OSs? It will increase network usage and risk of loosing data due to compatibility issues, as well as limit users to services that support both Android and Windows Phone. Or users will be locked into proprietary "solution" by vendor, and be even more limited in choice of backup.

Oh, and both OSs will report bogus mobile bandwidth data usage, rendering user's effort to avoid using pricy extra bandwidth futile.

Given that there's actually no compelling reason to use Windows Phone, this projects seems so pointless and harmful...

Edited 2014-03-03 15:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Mar 2014 05:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

For a developer I get it.

For a user I'm not sure it could serve as a way to decided which OS you prefer. I tend to prefer some OS, but another OS tends to have stuff I'd like to have in my preferred OS.

For the average user it may be better not to know what they're missing if they opt for some OS.

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