By Stephen Schenck | October 4, 2013 11:03 AM
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone arm threatens to be the biggest shake-up to date for the Windows Phone landscape. Even before that news arrived, though, we were talking about certain OEMs already losing interest in the platform, and HTC in particular had been mentioned as one that might be considering hanging up its Windows Phone hat. Might there still be a way to keep HTC on-board with the platform? A crazy new rumor suggests just that, claiming that Microsoft has been trying to get HTC to create dual-platform Android/WP phones.
The tone of this rumor is one of desperation, and suggests that beyond encouraging this unorthodox dual-boot solution, Microsoft may also be willing to greatly reduce or even full-on eliminate its Windows Phone licensing fees for HTC, all in an effort to simply keep the platform on something in addition to Nokia/Microsoft hardware.
This report is very light on specifics, not being clear if we’re talking about a system that would let users jump back and forth between WP8 and Android at will, or if it would be a more traditional choose-at-boot scenario. And even with this option available, one platform or the other needs to be the default – just how would models like this be marketed, anyway?
It’s all a fantastic idea, and seems so outside Microsoft’s usual modus operandi, that it’s difficult to even accept as a option. Still, the possibilities could be awesome, and we’d love to see something tangible come out of all this.