Microsoft wants Windows Phone to be second OS choice on HTC Android models

Microsoft wants Windows Phone to be second OS choice on HTC Android models
HTC's Windows Phone offerings have been nothing to write home about. The HTC Windows Phone 8X and the HTC Windows Phone 8S are not exactly memorable handsets that people will remember. But Microsoft must like something about the HTC One. Terry Myerson, the top man on the totem pole for Microsoft's operating system division, wants Windows Phone to be a second OS choice for buyers of HTC's Android models, which for now basically means variants of the HTC One including the already released HTC One mini and the unannounced HTC One Max.

And to make HTC more open to the suggestion, Microsoft is believed to have agreed to cut or remove completely the licensing fee for Windows Phone. Myerson is taking a trip to Asia later this month and is planning on stopping in to visit Taiwan based HTC to discuss the plan in person. HTC pays Microsoft a royalty for each Windows Phone device made, while Android is an open source system. According to IDC, Windows Phone has a 3.7% share of the global smartphone market. Android leads with 79% while iOS is second with 13% HTC, once the top selling smartphone brand in the U.S., is now the 8th largest Android manufacturer world-wide, and is third in Windows Phone handset production.

The possibilities for a dual OS phone are wide open. Users might be able to decide on their default platform, or allow Android and Windows Phone to run at the same time. HTC was the first company to make both Windows Phone and Android powered handsets, but the company hasn't built a Windows Phone model since June and has no plans to re-enter that market right now.

source: Bloomberg

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28 Comments

1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

HTC run!!!! Microsoft is trying to swallow you like they swallowed NOKIA. HTC just run don't look back!

9. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Lol htc was dying So windows phone will save it

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

People were saying the same thing about Nokia... that WP was the only possible and the right choice... and we know how it ended. HTC has other problems: besides the HTC One, they weren't able to produce other appealing models in the mid and lower range. They released underpowered phones that had nothing special. That's why they're not selling. Windows phone has 5% of the market, and that 5% is 80% Nokia, so I can't understand why WP could save them.

20. Dastrix unregistered

What do you mean by 'we know how it ended?' M$ bought Nokia; it was expected all along. It WAS the best choice for Nokia. Elop might have looked bad but he successfully navigated the ship to safety. Think about it. If Nokia went the Android way that late, do you really think someone would have bought it? People say RIP Nokia, but can they say RIP M$? No, so Nokia is here to stay. It would have been in the same boat as HTC and all the other OEMs that face though competition from Samsung on ITS home turf i.e. Android because Samsung = Android. HTC's situation is more critical than Nokia in my opinion because of Samsung. So it's really not a bad move if M$ buys HTC as well. At least, the company will survive, just like Nokia, instead of just dying like BB. I don't want to see HTC go that way. M$ buying both HTC and Nokia means more control over its OS, a little like Apple if you want.

23. Dastrix unregistered

*tough competition

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Nokia wouldnt have needed to be sold if they went Android. They would probably be the #1 android manufacturer if they went android, but instead they got sold off after losing billons every quarter.

27. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Hate to disagree(not really :-)) but GOOGLE = Android. Not Samsung. Get it right. If Google really wanted to(and YES, I KNOW that they won't)they could pull the plug on Android for Samsung. IE: They could choose to lock it down like WP and iOS. Without Android, Samsung would not be so high on the totem pole.

10. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

HTC is in lose. considering windows phone isn't wrong

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think HTC should do a dual boot phone. This will be a tech geek's dream, and it would be a good selling point for them if they have a customer that buys that phone, but gets tired of one OS or has issues with it, they can switch to the other.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Lol I bet they want that

3. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

sweet, i'll dual boot my phone... i want a dual boot ultrabbook, this is a huge advantage of going non apple, love the idea!

11. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Samsung already done a dual boot tab, ever heard of the "Ativ Q"... But couldn't release it due to "patent" parts or something like that.http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-ATIV-Q-Review_id3361

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Do a dual boot Windows/Android ;D good old htc days

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

This is exactly what I want 0.0 I've been asking for this. Do it.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oh MS trying eat HTC now!!! This is good that "The possibilities for a dual OS phone are wide open. Users might be able to decide on their default platform, or allow Android and Windows Phone to run at the same time." and I need an option or a key to enter to any of the 2 OSs whenever I want.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

*to (missed in 1st sentence) ;) Also it should be very good for MS and every OEM if MS completely removes the licensing fee for WP.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

HTC pays for a copy of WP8 which covers the license - they pay for anything else not Windows.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, poor desperate Microsoft, just when you think they can't stoop any lower they somehow find a way.

14. papss unregistered

Lol poor desperate fanboy that has nothing to say other than the same comments. whether you like it or not M$ IS the third OS and with some work be the second OS.

21. Dastrix unregistered

It's not Microsoft mate. It's M$ (with emphasis on the '$'). That explains it.

26. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Are you still using the $ for MS that is so 1990's. YES MS makes money, everybody knows that. That is what they are supposed to do to stay in business, but they also share the wealth generously with their partners, push innovation, and make good products.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That's yucky... Window mobile OS is still too young. Maybe few more years it will be more mature.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I cant believe this isnt getting more attention. A dual boot mobile phone??? And MS is willing to cut the license fee?? So......willing to give up the money for a chance at more market share, exposure. Ppl can hate on Android all they want, but it must be doing something good. I just thought of something, lets say they do this, if they get more market share because of it..... would they give credit to Android for the extra exposure? Whatever the case, this is big news IMO. I say go for it HTC. Cant hurt anything. The fanboys on both sides would have a field day tho...lol.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

"The HTC Windows Phone 8X and the HTC Windows Phone 8S are not exactly memorable handsets that people will remember." I don't usually make these kind of comments, but this sentence is ridiculously redundant.

18. gd761

Posts: 211; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Give Me the HTC ONE MAX with Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 9, or Windows 9 on Sprint and then When Microsoft & HTC do that, I Will buy 2 of them!

19. gd761

Posts: 211; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Here's a Question that Nobody is Asking. Microsoft gets Paid for Every Android Device Sold. Microsoft gets Paid for Every Windows Phone Device Sold. So, Will Microsoft get Paid Twice for Any Android/Windows Phone Dual Boot Device?!

22. Dastrix unregistered

Good point. M$ getting paid all day, eerday! xD

28. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

Sad that Ms is always the portrait as the villain, when in reality there not the reason htc is dying, but their the only one that seems willing to help them. Google hasn't offered htc anything, yet htc help grow android to where it is today. Google will simply allow them to die, while Ms offers them options even if they end up buying them they will servive. Acquisitions are a part of everyday business like it or not.

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