The bootloader of the HTC One (M8) for Windows rumored to support Android
Earlier this month, we asked you if you'd rather own an Android- or a Windows Phone-running HTC One (M8). The results were in favor of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, but what would happens if one lays their hands on the Windows Phone version of the flagship and finds out that the platform doesn't float their boat?
Normally, nothing can be done at this point, but a pretty interesting recent rumor claims that the bootloader of the HTC (W8), which is another moniker for the HTC One (M8) for Windows, will be open and identical to the one of the regular One (M8). Coming from @upleaks, the spiritual successor of the recently-retired @evleaks, this leak suggests that both the HTC One (M8) and One (M8) for Windows could run either Android or Windows Phone. This is still a theory, though, and if this rumor actually holds water, the ball will be in developers' court. They will have to port Windows Phone 8.1 to the One (M8), but provided that the bootloader of the HTC W8 is open and both versions of the flagship come with one and the same internals, this shouldn't be much of a challenge.
What do you make of this rumor?
HTC W8 bootloader supports HTC M8#UL and M8#WL...Devs, can you port Windows Phone 8.1 to HTC M8?— @upleaks (@upleaks) August 14, 2014
source: The WinCentral via WMPoweruser
3. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Would be awesome! Run WP for everyday ease of use, and fire up Android for those apps not yet available on WP...!
5. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Next operation...instant switching between OS ;)
2. Liveitup (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
That would be awesome, let users cut through the rhetoric of which OS is best and see for themselves.
4. tokuzumi (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
The One (2) is the new HD2, just in reverse (Android first, then Windows, not windows then android).
6. AfterShock (Posts: 2983; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
This will have many people interest.
13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
So what would be the point of people buying this version of M8?
19. Muayyad (Posts: 142; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Do you thing most users root their devices ? No.
15. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Would interest me. For me if i find my WP experience superior in every way on a OS level than my Note 3 and previous androids. However there is some things that i do miss, like game a friend may have etc, and dual boot option would allow me to switch play then switch back.
But if that is even possible, knowing MS and their coding prowess, they could possibly create a backend dual boot that allows a virtual android layer to allow android apps to run even when in the windows os.
10. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
interesting!i just hope this is not just rumor..
11. 2112jc (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
Just bought an M8 yesterday, this would be awesome to be able to dual boot!!
12. Tritinum (Posts: 280; Member since: 06 May 2014)
this is actually really sensible to do cause the SD801 is way more capable than running chrome and and some 3d games!
17. Eclectech (Posts: 81; Member since: 01 May 2013)
I would love to run WP 8.1 on my HTC One. Developers make it happen.
18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1149; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
hmm Microsoft was rumored to be looking into Running "Android Apps" on Windows smart phones and as far as I know has not told it's OEM partners not to make dual boot smart . phones a blue stacks App for Windows smart phones should be possible because the Blue stacks app for full windows Tablets has been around for awhile now. the Blue stacks app allows android apps to run on full windows 8/8.1 Tablets. The developers of the blue stacks may make a version for windows smart phones. if they do they would get rich. Windows smart phones users like myself would buy it and give it a try.