Microsoft reportedly wants HTC to add Windows Phone to its Android smartphones

Microsoft allegedly wants HTC to add Windows Phone as an operating system choice for its current Android smartphones, possibly even removing the associated licensing costs to make such an agreement more attractive.

According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft made the request last month in preliminary discussions, though no decision has been made. Terry Myerson, the recently named head of Microsoft's operating systems division, allegedly made the request on behalf of the company and "discussed cutting or eliminating the license fee to make the idea more attractive," Bloomberg states. The report claims Myerson will meet with HTC executives this month to continue discussing the proposal.

The report claims it's not known if the smartphones would be loaded with both operating systems or allow a user to choose, though it's more likely the agreement would simply offer the same devices with one operating system or the other.

In June, a source told Neowin that HTC was considering releasing a version of its flagship HTC One smartphone with Windows Phone instead of Android. The source claimed HTC would wait for Microsoft's GDR3 update to the operating system, which is expected to be officially revealed at Nokia's Oct. 22 press event in Abu Dhabi.

HTC remains the second most popular Windows Phone manufacturer behind Nokia according to AdDuplex data. Because of Microsoft's agreement to buy Nokia'a smartphone business, however, many industry analysts have indicated relationships with Microsoft's other smartphone partners have been strained. An HTC representative told Neowin the company was "assessing the situation" when Microsoft and Nokia's agreement was announced.

An agreement with Microsoft could buoy interest in HTC, which announced its first quarterly loss ever on Thursday, posting a net loss of about $101 million for its Q3 2013 fiscal calendar. Many Android smartphone manufacturers have found difficulty competing against Samsung, which uses large marketing campaigns to promote its Galaxy line. Nokia said the uncompetitive Android marketplace was one of the reasons it chose to exclusively partner with Microsoft for its smartphones.

HTC currently offers three Windows Phone products: the Windows Phone 8X, Windows Phone 8XT and Windows Phone 8S.

Source: Bloomberg

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stevan said,
Of course it can. But I've seen people endlessly defend the lower spec hardware and Nokia phones.

Okay after further review, the play stands. Stevan is actually only in this thread to TROLL. 15 yard penalty and replay 1st down...lol

uxo22 said,

Okay after further review, the play stands. Stevan is actually only in this thread to TROLL. 15 yard penalty and replay 1st down...lol

Endlessly defend.....lol is right.

Haha, wouldn't have to endlessly defend if you weren't endlessly attacking. Right? Don't forget to add yourself to the equation innocent one...LOL "is" right!

uxo22 said,
Haha, wouldn't have to endlessly defend if you weren't endlessly attacking. Right? Don't forget to add yourself to the equation innocent one...LOL "is" right!

I usually state something related to the post in my so called "attacks". Not my fault you're but hurt and can't do the same. Relax, quit hitting the F5 button and go outside:)

stevan said,

I usually state something related to the post in my so called "attacks". Not my fault you're but hurt and can't do the same. Relax, quit hitting the F5 button and go outside:)

Just because you are on subject doesn't mean you're not trolling.

But...you're right. Going outside now.

If Microsoft was really smart, they would use the money they make off of the Android patent licensing and use that to actually negate the price of the WP OS, or ever better yet, pay a small fee to the manufacturers to put WP on their devices, like Google probably does.

NocturnalAlloy said,
If Microsoft was really smart, they would use the money they make off of the Android patent licensing and use that to actually negate the price of the WP OS, or ever better yet, pay a small fee to the manufacturers to put WP on their devices, like Google probably does.
Google doesn't do that, but why?

erfanullah said,
I would be nice to have an option to switch operating systems like PCs. Please let it happen!

I second that - imagine the option when HTC decides not to provide an Android up and Microsoft say, "hey, you can upgrade to Windows Phone 8 for free if you want!" - it would definitely win more marketshare and a larger customer base for developers to justify spending resources to support the platform.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

I second that - imagine the option when HTC decides not to provide an Android up and Microsoft say, "hey, you can upgrade to Windows Phone 8 for free if you want!" - it would definitely win more marketshare and a larger customer base for developers to justify spending resources to support the platform.


But it is up to OEMs to release upgrades to their devices...
What would be a really winning proposition by MS is to sell Lumia devices which are updated using Windows update bypassing carriers.... Of course, and I would add regrettably, it will never happen

vcfan said,
carriers would then refuse to sell windows phones.

Besides the fact that Windows phones, actually Nokia, are much more popular in Europe than in the US, carriers would sell whatever people demand.

Citing Mao Zedong... carriers are just thugs with clay feet.

Fritzly said,

But it is up to OEMs to release upgrades to their devices...
What would be a really winning proposition by MS is to sell Lumia devices which are updated using Windows update bypassing carriers.... Of course, and I would add regrettably, it will never happen

They would need very high public opinion and demand in order to start calling more shots with the carriers, who still feel they got burned with apple and they way they can call the shots.

I have an HTC 8X and I love it. It was the best WP alternative to Lumia 920 back then and the hardware is pretty much identical if you exclude the low-light camera and super-sensitive touch screen on the Lumia. Problem is HTC is mostly focused on Android since WP7 came out but they don't seem to be cracking the market with a huge competitor like Samsung. Microsoft doesn't want to lock WP down to them and that is why they are urging HTC to produce more high quality windows devices.

I have the 8X also, I love it too...Although I do wish that the camera (in low light) and speaker were a bit better.

HTC is failing as a company. Their flagship device HTC one did quite well but not enough to save the company. Their other phones have been a flop aka HTC One Mini. They are running in losses and this will only continue. If that wasn't bad, they have been losing patent infringement cases left and right which either forces them to make changes to their devices or they risk of them getting banned not to mention the penalty or fine they have to pay.

Almost every single Mobile company which has used Android has lost cases or was succumb to pay up Microsoft thanks to large number of patent infringement cases. Biggest proof has been Motorola which lost another case against MS yesterday.

My understanding is that both MS and HTC can help each other with this else I'm expecting HTC to die a very painful death with a force full merger. That said, their CEO really needs to get kicked out by the Board.

I think this could be interesting, and having the same hardware for both (android and wp) could bring with it some innovative marketing and techy folk appeal.

i think dual boot is too much, but having access to install android or WP on the same kit (not sure how they would do this, via some desktop software maybe, like the Nokia support software (which i used to push my uk EE 920 upto GDR2 level)could work). It would definitely be unique and cut into iOS seriously!

all depends on how MS see this turning out, if they feel people would be won over by WP in a no risk setting (go back to android if you wish) they might go for it, google would have no say as its an open OS and free.

The flagship HTC phone itself outsold all windows phones in a year if I'm not mistaken. If someone could lookup the numbers and it's not like that, I apologize for being wrong. But Microsoft definitely wants in on the high end game without having to put a useless 41 megapixel camera on a phone.

stevan said,
The flagship HTC phone itself outsold all windows phones in a year if I'm not mistaken. If someone could lookup the numbers and it's not like that, I apologize for being wrong. But Microsoft definitely wants in on the high end game without having to put a useless 41 megapixel camera on a phone.

Haha, there you go TROLLING again. SMH. Does someone have an ex-girlfriend that they can hook this guy up with, so he can find something to do with his life?

Relax dude, it's a forum. Think of something educated to add to your replies. Might make you look like less of an idiot.

stevan said,
Relax dude, it's a forum. Think of something educated to add to your replies. Might make you look like less of an idiot.

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