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Why Karbonn’s Dual Boot Smartphone Plan Doesn’t Make Sense

Indian handset maker Karbonn Mobiles has signed a license agreement with Microsoft to release dual-boot handsets running on Android and Windows Phone, reports The Times Of India. The company plans to release these handsets in June this year, although the details on these are pretty sketchy right now. There is also no word on the pricing front but we expect it to be on the higher side since Karbonn is looking to target office professionals with these handsets. This development follows the launch of Nokia's Android-based Nokia X platform and reports of Microsoft asking HTC to put Windows Phone operating system as a secondary option on its Android handsets for a significantly reduced (or even zero) license fees. Why dual-booting smartphones doesn't make sense Traditionally, dual-booting computing has primarily appealed to tech enthusiasts since it essentially allowed users to run multiple operating systems for various purposes. For instance, a computer might have multiple shared users who prefer different operating systems or a user might be interesting in testing out a new operating system without harming his existing configuration. While this approach worked in computers, we feel dual-booting doesn't make sense on mobile phones for a couple of reasons: - Phones are more personal: Phones are usually more personal than computers, due to which there are no multiple users for any phone. When was the last time you shared your phone with others on a regular basis? (I am excluding parents here who are somewhat forced to share their phones with their kids). In contrast, a tablet might have…

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