Indian handset vendor Karbonn Mobiles will be the first to offer a dual-boot Android and Windows Phone device, which will be hitting stores in June.
Microsoft announced last week that it is adding nine new hardware vendors that build devices for the Windows Phone platform, one of whom is India’s Karbonn Mobiles. Karbonn is India’s second biggest handset manufacturer after Micromax. It is well-known in the Indian market for launching affordable Android handsets that offer dual-SIM functionality. While most local vendors offer dual-SIM handsets, Karbonn is looking to differentiate itself by offering a device that can dual-boot Android and Windows.
Details are scant at the moment, but Karbonn Mobiles Chairman Sudhir Hasija mentioned in an interview with the Times of India that work on a Windows/Android dual-boot device is underway. “Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows phones in about three months. The dual-OS phones will be out by June, and will target office-going professionals and ‘techies’.”
It isn’t clear as to how it will bring about dual-boot functionality. It is likely that both OSes will be offered, with users having the ability to choose between Android and Windows Phone during boot. Hasija also announced that Karbonn is looking to bring device manufacturing to India to ease turnaround times. Currently, manufacturing is done at facilities in Taiwan or Korea, but with an increasing user base in the country and government sanctions set to take effect, Hasija said that it would be feasible to shift manufacturing to India.
Source: Times of India