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Microsoft considered plan to allow new phone buyers to choose Windows Phone or Android

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Microsoft considered plan to allow new phone buyers to choose Windows Phone or Android
According to a published report released on Monday, Microsoft once considered a plan that would have allowed buyers of a new smartphone, to choose between Windows Phone or Android after making the purchase. The plan was discussed in a confidential document that one of Microsoft's Windows Phone partners had written up for internal purposes.The document also noted that the unnamed Windows Phone partner had met with Microsoft to discuss this plan.

The report stated that after purchasing the handset that the buyer wanted, he would make a decision to permanently have it run on either Windows Phone or Android. To make this plan feasible, Microsoft was planning on making the Windows Phone hardware specs more in line with those found on Android models. To some degree, that has become reality thanks to the GDR3 update which allows the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet to offer a 6 inch glass, 1080 x 1920 resolution and to feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood.

Obviously, the plan never went past the discussion stage and while Microsoft still has the same goal of wanting to see Windows Phone on as many devices as possible, this apparently will not be the way the goal is achieved.

source: TheInformation via WMPoweruser

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:44 10

1. hurrycanger (Posts: 759; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Just do it on the Lumia line and watch them phones fly off the shelves!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:04 2

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1242; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Exactly! I would get one. This won't happen, but what a utopia.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:46 7

2. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


People are gonna choose android like crazy!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:16 4

4. thecorrescode (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Anyone who wants BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH for their phone should get Windows Phone... hahahahaha

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:30 1

13. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


IOS 7 already has BSOD.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:32

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 1122; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


meh i deal with more dead droids on a daily basis than you could ever see at a CES show. Sorry BB and Win8 calls are the lowest of percentage based on sales for exchanges for 'issues' that i have observed. With apple then droid at a god awful pace.

Of course my entire day is dealing with problem phones.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:42

18. corporateJP (Posts: 1515; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


In the same club, friend. True story, though.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:43

5. mobi_user (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


'The plan was discussed in a confidential document'.
Doesn't looks to be a confidential that much, if it is discussed so openly.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:09 2

6. Loubielou (Posts: 193; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Looks like Microsoft are realising that Windows is not on Par with Android,so with more Applications on Android an Customizing on Android alot better for phones,the Lumia Windows phones would sell alot better with Android on them,an this might make Nokia more popular again letting people choose between Windows or Android

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:04 1

11. nlbates66 (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


how about reading that the decision was made to not go this route at all?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:33

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 1122; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Customizing? Every droid i see looks the same save for a wallpaper. Custom ringtones? meh i can do the same.

Other than a few niche settings, the idea that it is somehow light years ahead is dubious at best. When paired with office, my phone does something a droid at this moment will never do.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:27

7. techaman (unregistered)


if you could get lumia with android people would buy just for the camera part.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:00 1

9. fireblade (Posts: 628; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Nah, people buy it because android is easy, beautiful & customizable. If people want only the camera, people will buy DSLR camera.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:27 1

8. fireblade (Posts: 628; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Love to see Nokia with android. This is what people want since 2011.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:04 2

10. wilsong17 (Posts: 707; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


well hell yea i switch

for once nokia has a good camera and hardware but window market place suck plain and simple

i been using my step da lumia and wtf i cant find anything to download

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:10 4

12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1012; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Windows Phone 8 came out in 2012 it takes time to make new OS get all the features Older smart phone OS already have. Android or the Apple Iphone were out years before Windows
phone 8 came out. MS windows phone 7 used a different programming code than MS Windows Phone 8 uses. Windows phone 8 is going to Windows Phone 8.1 this year and will receive new Smart phone features People have requested that it have. as the year progresses and we do not have any disasters Windows smart phone will get more apps and features and really will be come a strong smart phone OS.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:52

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My only problem with this post is....what happens if WP8 doesnt take hold....do we say WP 9 just came out, etc, etc?

At some point we cant keep resetting the date.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:36 1

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 1122; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


What windows needs to do is start coupling devices and software with purchases.

You bought a 1k surface? Here is a nokia 521 thank you. You bought a 1520, here is 20% for life on office 365. The list goes on.

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