The Indian operator Karbonn is likely to launch the first smartphone with dual boot Android and Windows Phone in June.
At a time when Android and Windows are vying to occupy each other’s space, technology seems to have taken a leap into the future by facilitating dual-boot Android and Windows Phone enabled devices. In the case of mobile phones, phone manufacturing will take this route sooner rather than later. Surprisingly enough, it is not some fancy company that is pushing it; Karbonn Mobiles, an India-based company, says that it intends to create cell phones that support both Android and Windows Phone. To add to it, it is not futuristic project but cell phones with dual operating systems are likely to hit the markets in six months flat.
According to media reports, Karbonn entered into a licensing agreement with Microsoft and is gearing up for the launch of dual boot phone later this year. Its innovative concept can hardly be argued about, but it is mostly unclear as to the benefits of the dual boot phones. But the company seems to have a marketing strategy already conceptualized to lure the high-tech professionals and tech-savvy young generation that savor the cutting-edge innovations in technology. It would be Karbonn’s first Windows Phone handsets that are slated to be launched prior to the dual-boot versions. “Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows Phones in about three months,” says Karbonn Chairman Sudhir Hasija.
Karbonn’s announcement pertaining to dual boot phones is not without its bit of nuances with respect to the rumors that Microsoft had, in fact, asked HTC to place Windows as a separate option on its Android instruments, with plans perhaps being to diminish or do away with license fees as an alluring soap. It may be relevant to note that Microsoft is, at present, in the final stages of fine-tuning Windows Phone 8.1 update that has dual-SIM and on-screen buttons support. This particular update is all set to allow phone making companies to design phones that consume only 4 GB storage- an aspect that is envisaged to hike the market share of Windows phone instruments. By early April, sources say that a preview version of Widows Phone 8.1 may be released.
When it comes to PCs, dual booting can be rationally explained, if at all. But for cell phones, it is hard to be lent any convincing rationale. As of today, mobile telephony is to talk, chat, view snaps and watch movies. One marvels as to why one would require two different operating systems for these functions. But then, seemingly offbeat innovations have paved way for the business full of meaningful dimensions and hence, it may be allowed its space in the market to test the waters of user taste. Whether the users boot it and shut down will remain to be explored somewhere towards the end of the year. Let dual boot phones add to the ever widening variety of cell phones that make the markets richer with options to pick from.