Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Enterprise I.T.
Register for a certification exam.
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft to HTC: Want Windows with Your Android?
Microsoft to HTC: Want Windows with Your Android?

By Barry Levine
October 4, 2013 12:15PM

    Bookmark and Share
This Windows/Android idea Microsoft has for HTC is like having separate personal and corporate identities on a smartphone, such as on a BlackBerry, although such a personal/corporate setup uses the same OS. Another comparison would be the ability to install and boot Windows on a Mac, in addition to the native OS X, said one analyst.
 



How would you like a smartphone with Android -- and with Windows Phone? That could become a possibility if Microsoft is successful in a reported effort to add its Windows Phone operating system to HTC Android-based devices.

The report, originating from Bloomberg News on Friday, said that Microsoft has offered its Windows Phone mobile operating system to HTC at little or no cost. The new service cited two unidentified "people with knowledge of the matter," and attributed it to Microsoft's interest in increasing its mobile market share.

The report said that Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems unit, approached HTC in September with the idea that the handset maker add Windows Phone as another option on at least some of its handsets. Neither company has commented on the report, although Bloomberg said no decision has been made by HTC.

Jekyll and Hyde

HTC has made phones using Windows Phone as well as some based on Android, but it has not released a Windows-based phone since early summer and has said that no Windows phones are in its pipeline. Microsoft, which recently purchased the mobile devices division of Nokia, currently has a worldwide market share in the vicinity of 3.7 percent for its Windows Phone platform.

It's not clear from the report if Windows Phone would run concurrently with Android, if Android would be the default, or if one could choose to boot either. There are also other questions about whether the data for an application in one OS would be available in the other, such as contacts or photo files.

Microsoft currently charges a license fee for the OS in every Windows Phone device, and also collects royalties on Android devices because of patents.

Ramon Llamas, research analyst for IDC Mobility, described the report as :really curious, kind of a Jekyll and Hyde thing," although he added that he "wasn't sure which one is which."

Want a "Smartphone with Two OSs?"

He compared this Windows/Android idea to having separate personal and corporate identities on a smartphone, such as on a BlackBerry, although he pointed out that such a personal/corporate setup "uses the same OS." Another comparison would be the ability to install and boot Windows on a Mac, in addition to the native OS X. Llamas noted that such a dual identity is usually implemented "for a very specific purpose," such as for a Mac owner who wants access to a Windows-only app.

From the point of view of third party developers, Llamas said he didn't "think it would work" to improve their assessments of the size of Windows Phone's installed base. As for buyers, he said it was unlikely there were many, if any, who would walk into a store or go to a Web site specifically looking "for a smartphone with two OSs."

Yet another possible motive on Microsoft's part could be to ameliorate concerns among manufacturers in the wake of Microsoft's purchase of its own phone maker, Nokia. But, as Llamas pointed out, the bigger makers, like Samsung and HTC, are focused on their own product lines, notably the Android-based Galaxy for Samsung and the Android-based One for HTC.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Baris:

Posted: 2013-10-07 @ 7:29am PT
I can snark on this article so hard but I'll refrain from doing so... except for this one: clearly Android is the Jekyll in this situation.



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Enterprise I.T.
1.   AMD Debuts 64-Bit ARM Server Chips
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
4.   Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
5.   BlackBerry BES 10 Now Hosted


advertisement
AMD Debuts 64-Bit ARM Server Chips
New Opterons target data center needs.
Average Rating:
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
Say Apple-IBM alliance can't hurt them.
Average Rating:
BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
German security firm offers street cred.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.