We are already seeing tablet and PC manufacturers move towards adding both Android and Windows onto their devices, as a way to make two tablets one and offer more content on the system.
Intel and AMD have recently announced they will be supporting dual-boot systems with their latest chips and we can see the industry moving towards always dual-booting and even tri-booting a system, especially if Android and other mobile operating systems remain free to use.
Phones have not seen the same integration, although the Ubuntu Edge was meant to dual-boot Ubuntu Phone OS and Android. That project was not funded enough on IndieGogo however, and we are still waiting for the first dual-boot.
Karbonn, an Indian manufacturer, wants to be the first on mobile and will add both Windows Phone 8 and Android to their phone in June. The company has managed to grab a licensing deal with Microsoft for Windows Phone and it looks like both Google and Microsoft are fine with the dual-boot concept.
We are not sure how the dual-boot will work, on tablets users can switch between both operating systems by tapping an application. If it is done this way on Karbonn’s smartphone, they would need to load up both operating systems in the background and may need additional internal storage for users.
This could be an easy way for Samsung and HTC to continue helping out Windows Phone, while simultaneously working on Android. Both big mobile manufacturers have shown distaste for WP, considering the poor sales in the past few years on high-end.
Luckily, system requirements are similar on both Windows Phone and Android, Qualcomm makes most of the processors, Texas Instruments and others create other parts for both mobile platforms.
The major issue will be storage and making sure Windows Phone and Android don’t clog up the entire storage space. We already know Windows Phone is around 2/4GB and Android is around the same, add the bloatware carriers and manufacturers put on, their may be little room for the user’s personal files.