Nokia currently holds nearly 90% of the Windows Phone pie, and some could argue that this is not very healthy for a platform. Microsoft also now owns that 90%, which makes things even more interesting. Microsoft has said they are still dedicated to other OEMs, but there isn’t much incentive for them to pump out Windows Phone devices. They are trying to fix that.
Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft and HTC are in talks to drop the licensing fee from Windows Phone. Usually OEMs pay a fee in order to use Windows Phone on their device, just like Windows PC makers do. With Google giving Android away for free it’s hard to convince a company to pay for a OS with tiny marketshare. Waving the license fee is just the tip of the iceberg.
Sources claim that Terry Myserson, head of the operating systems division, wants HTC to put Windows Phone on Android devices. We’re not just talking about re-purposing the hardware, either. He wants devices to dual-boot Android and Windows Phone. We’re not so sure that would be a good idea.
Head-to-head not so kind
We obviously love Windows Phone a lot around here, but there are many big flaws with the platform. Lack of big name apps and support from Google are two of the biggest. Android, on the other hand, has millions of apps and amazing Google integration. Put that side-by-side with Windows Phone and users will make the obvious choice. Dual-booting might make people more willing to try WP, but we’re afraid it would just end up confirming their doubts about the platform.
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on this story. Do you think it would be a good idea to have a device that runs Windows Phone and Android? Would you buy one? Let us know below!