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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by ddc_ on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 15:09 UTC 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[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 16:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-01-28

ddc_,

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.


Hmm, why did you direct this to me? I agree there would be lots of usability issues. I said "I DON'T understand why a normal user would want to do it."

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by ddc_ on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 18:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

By mistake. The comment was supposed to support and extend MOS6510's comment.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, yes, I agree. Windows phone is pretty pointless.

However... if we can get phone hardware/software that has a standard way of dual booting, that would be a good thing.

There has been multirom for a while, but I couldn't figure out how to update android OTA with it ( it kept failing).

Ubuntu is doing something to allow dual booting between ubuntu phone and android.

And now this. Just wish a universally adopted standard would emerge that would allow everything to just work.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Tue 4th Mar 2014 14:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

Ubuntu is doing something to allow dual booting between ubuntu phone and android.

And now this. Just wish a universally adopted standard would emerge that would allow everything to just work.



After all the bad press MS subjected itself to by contractually demanding that windows resellers lock users out of bootloaders on ARM UEFI devices, it's not really clear to me that _this one_ will come with an unlocked bootloader. It may be restricted into dual booting the factory pre-configured operating systems and nothing else.

So my question is whether, in addition to dual booting, this will install open or homebrew operating systems? It'd be great if anybody who knows for sure could speak up!

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