The bootloader of the HTC One (M8) for Windows rumored to support Android

The bootloader of the HTC One (M8) for Windows rumored to support Android
HTC's very first Windows Phone 8.1 device, which is nothing else but an HTC One (M8) in disguise, might be due out on August 19, as we already reported some time ago. Dubbed HTC One (M8) for Windows, the only difference between this device and the regular, Android-running One (M8) is nothing else but its operating system of choice. HTC is undoubtedly trying to appeal to the largest user base possible by offering them an exquisitely-made device that is running one of the latest renditions of Microsoft's OS.

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?


source: The WinCentral via WMPoweruser

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One (M8) for Windows
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22h 3G talk time)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

d-d-d-dual boot? :D

3. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 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: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Next operation...instant switching between OS ;)

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

with 4gb would be possible

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That would be awesome, let users cut through the rhetoric of which OS is best and see for themselves.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The One (2) is the new HD2, just in reverse (Android first, then Windows, not windows then android).

16. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

That's what I said :)

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This will have many people interest. Kudos HTC.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Not in WP, but in Android.

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So what would be the point of people buying this version of M8?

19. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Do you thing most users root their devices ? No.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That would be great.

7. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Awesome HTC, love it.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Interesting!! Hope this is true

10. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

interesting!i just hope this is not just rumor..

11. 2112jc

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Just bought an M8 yesterday, this would be awesome to be able to dual boot!!

12. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 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: 346; Member since: May 01, 2013

I would love to run WP 8.1 on my HTC One. Developers make it happen.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

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