It’s been a long time coming, but smartphones that share the same hardware across disparate operating systems are finally starting to go mainstream. Sure, models like the HTC HD2 have managed to run nearly every OS under the sun thanks to a dedicated dev community, but we’re talking commercial support here: like how HTC introduced that Windows Phone version of its One M8. Now Alcatel Onetouch is the latest to join that crew with a new tri-platform lineup of phones, as well as the arrival of a new, affordable smartwatch.
The Pixi 3 can run your choice of Android, Firefox OS, or Windows Phone. It will be available in 3.0, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0-inch screen sizes – though no word about resolution, nor most hardware specs, is available as of now (we’ve reached out to Alcatel Onetouch for more information and have been informed that more details are coming shortly – presumably at CES itself). All we know is that the three-incher is 3G-only, while the larger handsets will support LTE.
While these phones will be capable of running any of those three operating systems, that’s going to work like it does on the HTC One M8 for Windows: the hardware is configured for one OS out of the factory, and users won’t be able to flash from Android, to WP8.1, to Firefox OS and back, all from the comfort of home – disappointing, but not all that surprising.
As for the Alcatel Onetouch Watch, we’re similarly hurting for details. As you can see above, it’s got a circular screen (though one with a big bezel, LG G Watch R-style) and is supposed to sell for “a fraction of the cost of competitors,” but that’s all we’ve got to go on for now. Again, we’re hoping that the show floor of CES brings us some answers, because at the moment, all we’ve got are more questions.
Source: Alcatel Onetouch