Karbonn set to launch smartphones that dual-boot both Android and Windows Phone

Karbonn Mobiles is an unfamiliar name to many, but this Indian smartphone manufacturer is getting set to release a phone that will boot both Android and Windows Phone. Karbonn Mobiles has already managed to secure a deal with Microsoft regarding Windows Phone, as the chairman of Karbonn Mobiles, Sudhir Hasija, explained. It is reported that the dual-OS smartphones will be out by June and will target office-going professionals and 'techies.'

"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" - Hasija

No details on specifications or pricing as of yet, however, but given that it attempts to target the Indian subcontinent, it would be expected to be competitive with the "China phones" that target the same region-- about $300 USD.

How this smartphone will work is anybody's guess, and some questions that need answers include:

  • Would the user be able to seamlessly access their content across both operating systems?
  • What would happen to things like alarms, or text messages?
  • How will OS upgrades be handled?

..and plenty more queries that will look to be answered as the smartphone is released. Depending on how it works out, it could turn out to either be really amazing or a complete disaster, so hopefully its not the latter. Either way, it's worth commending Karbonn Mobiles for trying to be innovative in their smartphone offering.

This report comes not long after Nokia announced its range of Nokia X smartphones that come with its own tailored flavor of Android.

Source: Times of India | Image via Windows Phone Blog

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Wow, I've seen quite a number of posts in the past from people who seemed to think that a dual boot phone was a great idea and yet, here's a phone that promises to do this, and nobody here seems to be excited by the stupid idea?

Says who? Are all the people using WP doing so simply because there's no Android dual-boot available? How is this one phone going to spell doom for WP as a whole?

Atleast here, people buy WP because the cheap Androids are ####. Now, if they get both on a decent quality device, people will go for Android. Moto G is a raging success here after it released. I bet Lumia 520/620/720 sales have gone down in the past 2 weeks

"seamlessly access their content across both operating systems"? I predict there will be no connection between the two and no OS updates either.

Don't know why anybody would want to spoil a perfectly good OS with Android. Also, Karbonn's phones are absolute junk.

Outside of developers wanting to test their apps on a real device, without having to buy multiple devices, I can't think of a single reason why I'd want to dual boot my phone.

Why does a phone need a dual boot option. For Microsoft they may be playing on the consumer to get the phone because it's Android and play with the WP side of things when your bored, so that maybe it will grow on you. But I think it's gonna shoot them in the face

Ensuring that people get to experience Windows Phone and allowing them to decide that they hate it. I hope the WP partition is easy to delete, people will soon realise that they would prefer the extra space than booting into Windows Phone again.

derekaw said,
Ensuring that people get to experience Windows Phone and allowing them to decide that they hate it. I hope the WP partition is easy to delete, people will soon realise that they would prefer the extra space than booting into Windows Phone again.

I am always amazed by these "informed" posts... Good job!

M_Lyons10 said,

I am always amazed by these "informed" posts... Good job!

Thats sweet, thanks, but I am just an individual with an opinion. I am as informed as I can get from reading tech blogs and having personal experience.

Introduce people to Windows Phone and hope they like it or prove to people that they don't like it. Thats a real problem and should be a real concern. Its a huge risk because we all know that people like Android and we all know that Windows Phone is at best beleaguered and troubled.

Wow, I posted one anti android post and it was censored and I got a slap on the wrist email. This Canadian clearly does the same thing and nothing.

trolling and inciting clearly a violation of the TOS.

fyi genius, if WP is troubled and beleaguered at best. Why is it growing 30% per annum in market share. Stick to your 8 core Java slow operating system. What version do you run? Apple pie ban a split 4.2.2.4.4.4 that you custom tweaked off of a Russian crack site?

Same, if whatever OS isn't doing everything you need, you're using the wrong OS. Cute option I suppose though, but I can't see the practicality.

Max Norris said,
Same, if whatever OS isn't doing everything you need, you're using the wrong OS. Cute option I suppose though, but I can't see the practicality.

its a way for people to trial both and pick which one they actually like..

Lachlan said,
its a way for people to trial both and pick which one they actually like..

That's why they let you play with them in the store.

I use Windows Phone myself but I think it demonstrates poorly in the short time people play with it at the store such as resizing live tiles, rearranging home screen etc. also having poorly trained sales representatives that use Android or iOS personally.

I love dual booting desktop the fact of matter is that each OS has its strength and weakness. Believe it not Linux the end all be all neither is Windows or OS X.