India’s Karbonn Mobile may not be the only company planning to launch a smartphone that runs both Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone software. Speaking to TrustedReviews, the head of marketing for Chinese device maker Huawei said the company plans to sell a dual-boot phone in the US in the second quarter of 2014.
Update: Or maybe not. A Huawei official tells Fierce Wireless that the company has no plans to launch a dual-OS phone anytime soon.
Most of Huawei’s phones currently run Android, and the company is working on upcoming Windows Phone devices. But according to a spokesperson, bundling Android and Windows Phone on the same device could make phones more attractive.
Users of a Dual OS device would have the option of using the Windows Phone software and user interface — but if they want to run apps which aren’t yet available for Windows Phone, they could switch to Android.
It’s not clear how the two operating systems will co-exist. If you have to wait for the phone to reboot before you can fire up an Android game or app, you might find yourself rarely actually switching. But if there’s a way to quickly switch between Windows and Android environments without rebooting, a Dual OS approach could offer the best of both worlds… or at least that’s what Huawei and Karbonn seem to be hoping.