Do you want to know a secret? Nokia X2 could dual boot Windows Phone and Android
For those unfamiliar with Secret, the app allows users to post true and false statements anonymously, which obviously makes it hard to take this rumor without casting a cynical eye upon it. On one hand though, with Microsoft now in control of the Nokia X branded models, it would make sense for the software giant to include Windows Phone in a dual boot, especially since the gang at Redmond wasn't so excited about Nokia releasing an Android powered phone in the first place.
The Nokia X2 would basically compete for the same customers as the low-end Motorola Moto E does. According to a trip to the AnTuTu Benchmark site, the Nokia X2 will have a 4.3 inch screen with 480 x 800 resolution. It is driven by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of native storage. That tops the specs on the Nokia X, which features a dual-core 1GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM.
Years ago, Nokia launched a featurephone called the Nokia X2, so we could see a different name for the smartphone.
Anonymous post on Secret outs possible dual boot feature for Nokia X2
source: Secret via WMPoweruser
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3055; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Nokia my King! I'll be happy if I could switch back to you sometime in the future! :)
BTW Z2 sound software is amazing. I didn't know my headphones could give this much bass! Almost too much, luckily I can control it.
27. sgodsell (Posts: 1319; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
All I can say is that Microsoft is willing to pay Google in order to use the play store. Wow.
34. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)
Forget about windows part & use as android phone. .
35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3055; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Though in the future I might prefer WP. Who knows how it'll develop.
10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1455; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
King of IT... More like wannabe-dictator of IT.
29. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2048; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I bet the computer you're using runs the OS made by that wannabe-dictator of IT.
31. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 977; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
that doesn't change the facts though!
42. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 977; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
so if you're a wannabe juice maker store down the street and i buy juice from you you're not a wannabe juice maker anymore ?
4. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Make a flagship do this, and WP could ride Androids coat tails much better.
15. Liveitup (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Riding coattail or not it will give people the chance to see that WP is actually the better OS when compared side by side.
26. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
If it was better, you'd almost think it'd be more popular.
Yes, riding androids coat tail, it'd help WP,
(Guilt by association) and help Nokia move some handsets of worth ($) to the crew that'd remove WP entirely for just a pure android Nokia.
As well there'd be a few that'd keep both or use just WP helping it immensely.
5. csoulr666 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
In other news, Google and Apple have decided to combine iOS and Android which will include both the app stores.
30. jroc74 (Posts: 5065; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
lol....basically this. Its not true. because of this:
"the post says that the handset will carry Google Play Services."
If that a happens it would be a full fledged Google Android device....and MS is not going to allow that.
39. lyndon420 (Posts: 1772; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Of course ms will allow this...you do realize they make most of their money from Android don't you? Now Nokia/ms can pay themselves to use someone else's operating system.
6. tacarat (Posts: 184; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
Ummm, that's assuming there's a distro for it, preferably from Nokia.
7. MagnusVictory (unregistered)
I don't think this is real at all. Why would M$ allow Google Services on a device that's supposed to be a gateway to M$ services and WP? Defeats the purpose.
18. networkdood (Posts: 6282; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
They would not - the Android version would not include any Google Apps - you can have an Android OS and not have Google Apps - see CYANOGENMOD....custom ROMs
24. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I agree. I could see the forked Android and WP as a dual-boot, but that defeats the purpose of the Nokia X phones, which are supposed to be an intermediate device between the Ashas and Windows Phones.
8. superfans (Posts: 150; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Why can't nokia release a better specs of x2 or at least have a 1080p screen ?
11. abhishek0061 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
What if nokia makes the nexus device for google with some of its own app it should be rocking
13. corporateJP (Posts: 1622; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Think it was bad on a Nokia-built device before?
Guess how bad it will really be on a Microsoft-built device...
16. Liveitup (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
You're clearly trolling, MS makes incredible software that others are copying they also make beautiful looking hardware like Surface pro 3. Try harder.
40. lyndon420 (Posts: 1772; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
You polish a turd, and you have yourself a shiny turd. I'll pass thanks :-)
14. Deaconclgi (Posts: 304; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I used to dual boot Maemo 5 and Android on my Nokia N900, even with a shared file system so I see this being possible. To be or not to be, that is the question.
17. mark_ray (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 May 2013)
This would a game changer really, I wish they could have a way of switching without rebooting the device
19. networkdood (Posts: 6282; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Could be pretty cool, if it were true...
21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Why not a highend Nokia Android phone…?
22. dealova (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 May 2014)
What's the difference between Goggle Play Service and Googe Play store ?
25. nlbates66 (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
dual boot consumer devices are a stupid idea, end of story.
28. a_tumiwa (Posts: 282; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
what a Clever mind by Microsoft...
they didnt allow other manufacturers (smartphones, tablet, netbook) to dual boot Windows + Android, but they do it themselves.
37. sgodsell (Posts: 1319; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Its not that they are clever. Its because Microsoft is controlling. Only Microsoft has access to their WP code. Nobody else would be able to make this happen except Microsoft.
32. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1103; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Folks Microsoft now defines itself as a devices and services(Software) Company. To be good at this a company must see what sells well in the market Place and sell Products that are selling Well despite the Fact you or your Company does not like them. Android devices are selling very well Microsoft got from Nokia the Android X phones running the Nokia distribution flavor of the Android "Jellybean" Open source free to all operating system. Microsoft in it's Beginning as a software company said they would put Microsoft software and services on all the Popular platforms on the market. MS is back to doing this. OFFICE is on the IPAD and will soon be ON Android tablets. Skipe is a Microsoft product that is now on Android devices. The Web Rumor sources say the MS "X2" is coming out with a better CPU brain. 1 gig of RAM and a front and rear camera, 4 gigs of main memory, Micro SDXC card memory expansion and now will be able to access Google Play store Apps. these improvements Give Microsoft a Android smart phone People can use. The Nokia X phones already come preloaded with Nokia Apps and Microsoft Apps and services s there is no need to make dual boot Windows/Android smart Phone all they have to do is to Put Nokia and Microsoft Apps and services on the MS "X2" phones home screen and tell Buyers of the "X2" keep the MS "X2" OS in tact or they will void the warrantees on the "X2" smart phones. Most People will not bother to change the new MS "X2" Operating system because they can get all the Google play store Apps they want without rooting the MS "X2" smart phone
38. sgodsell (Posts: 1319; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
You make it sound like Microsoft inherited Android X. On the contrary Microsoft was in on it from the beginning. Think about it Nokia's first Android phone is running on lower spec hardware then WP can even support or run. Also Nokia's first Android phone with no Google apps or services, only Microsoft and Nokia apps and services only. With a billion Android devices being sold in 2014 alone. Microsoft believed that it could take some of the Android sales away for themselves. Which they did. Since Nokia X started selling in the first quarter, and now Microsoft is not breaking out the smartphone sales of how many were WP and how many were Nokia X.
33. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Google will not allow them to use play services. They don't want microsoft to use their services in order to boost the windows phone market share. There was a hybrid laptop/tablet that was able to dual boot windows and android but google stopped the manufacturer from making it (I forgot what it was called now).
41. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 522; Member since: 20 May 2012)
He whispered "I didn't use a condom last night"