Microsoft wants HTC to make Windows Phone the second OS of its Android handsets. What?
Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, has reportedly been in talks with HTC, trying to convince the Taiwanese company to “load Windows Phone as a second option on handsets with Google’s rival software.” This sounds almost unbelievable, but the info comes from Bloomberg, which quotes people familiar with the matter, so it has to be true.
Apparently, Microsoft is willing to license Windows Phone to HTC (for its Android phones) at “little or no cost.” These are preliminary talks, and nothing has been settled – or confirmed, for that matter. Terry Myerson may plan a visit to Taiwan this month, to meet with HTC execs for further talks.
It’s unclear how Microsoft and HTC would make Windows Phone a second option for already existing Android handsets (like the One, or One Mini). They could make them dual-boot devices. They could also just develop WP-exclusive versions of them. But I guess some hardware modifications are required in both cases.
(HTC One with Windows Phone 8 – our mock-up)
Of course, HTC is already selling Windows Phone 8 handsets – the 8X, 8S, and 8XT (released this year as a Sprint exclusive). But these have been WP devices from the beginning. And they didn’t help HTC much anyway.