Last week, from out of Mobile World Congress (MWC), Martin relayed a list of nine new Windows Phone hardware partners, and on that last was Karbonn; officially the first time we’ve mentioned them here on Mobot.
A little research (i.e. a glance at Wikipedia) reveals Karbonn is a relatively new smartphone player, formed in India in 2009, but it’s set to make waves with possibly the world’s first dual-booting smartphones with Android and Windows Phone. Interdasting.
That’s the story over on The Times of India, which has been speaking to Karbonn chairman Sudhir Hasija.
Supposedly the dual-booting Android and Windows Phone handsets will be aimed at “office-going professionals” and “techies”.
Oddly, TTOI initially says Karbonn’s dual-booting Android and Windows Phone handsets will arrive “by June”, but in another paragraph we’re told “in about six months”, which would be the beginning of September. Hmm.
Perhaps TTOI is confusing the dual-booting story with plain old Windows Phone, as Hasija purrs: "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.” Yeah, that’d be June.
Back in October, we were told Microsoft had approached HTC with a view to releasing a dual-booting Android/Windows Phone device or devices, but we haven’t heard a peep since then.