Microsoft wants Windows on HTC Android phones

Microsoft wants Windows on HTC Android phones

HTC, hurting worse than ever before, really needs to turn things around…and fast. After changing strategies over the last few quarters, hiring a high-profile pitchman, and selling back Beats stock, HTC is still facing an uphill battle. Surely someone will through them a lifeline, right? Microsoft happens to be one of those companies willing to “lend a hand”.

According to unnamed Bloomberg sources, Microsoft has reached out to HTC with plans to install Windows Phone 8 on Android devices as a way to give consumers choices in platforms. Indeed, Microsoft wants HTC to create a dual-boot environment of both operating systems. Reportedly, Microsoft would waive the licensing fees that HTC has been sacked with over the last few years.

It’s pretty significant stuff and just goes to show the desperation of two once-mighty players in the mobile space. Neither are in a position to go about their business as usual and HTC is said to be warm to the idea.

You Tell Us!

What do you think of this idea? Would you be more likely to consider an HTC device if it booted to both Android and Windows Phone 8? Is HTC smart to be considering the move? Are both companies just dead men walking?


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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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  1. ThinkingBrian
    October 04, 11:50 Reply

    I don’t think that’s what Microsoft is looking for if the rumor is true. I believe they are looking for an Android phone like the HTC One to have Windows Phone 8 on it instead of Android on it. Think of it like HTC will release three different versions of the HTC One… the regular HTC One with Sense, HTC One Google Play Edition and HTC One Microsoft Phone 8 Edition. They want to styling and possibly hardware that the Android phones have instead of the brick they have now.

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