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Windows Phone 8 will soon run on existing Android hardware

Luke Johnson


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Windows Phone could soon land on some familiar hardware

The Windows Phone operating system will soon be capable of being run on existing Android hardware, Microsoft has confirmed.

Teasing upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 features during MWC 2014, Microsoft has revealed that the forthcoming platform update will see system requirements for the Windows Phone OS changed. As such, manufacturers will be able to port the Windows Phone OS to existing Android hardware.

With Microsoft having recently offered Windows Phone 8.1 update hints, Greg Sullivan, Microsoft’s Director of Windows Phone has discussed in further detail with TrustedReviews the effects this will have on the platform, not just for consumers but manufacturers too.

Detailing some of the upcoming improvements, he revealed that the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is still to be officially named, will see “support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 chipsets” added.

On top of this, the reworked OS will allow “support for soft keys so that you don’t have to have physical hardware buttons.”

Looking to the larger benefits of these seemingly small changes, Sullivan stated: “One of the important things there is that an OEM can now take a device – an existing device that they are shipping with Android on it today – and install Windows Phone on it.”

He added: “They can leverage and get scale with their investments, they don’t have to go and build a separate thing that costs more, it’s going to eliminate a lot of barriers and make it more efficient and economically feasible for more OEMs to get into that business.”

The Director of Windows Phone went on to tell us: “There is a change in how we are engaging our OEM partners.

“With Windows Phone 8, we shrunk the number of OEMs we worked with relative to Windows 7.5. That was intentional as we knew we were going to the new Kernal underneath and we wanted to focus our engineering resources on fewer OEMs to make sure that we got it right.

Now we can turn our attention to growing the ecosystem, growing the install base, and having a wider range of support for new devices.”

Despite claiming big things are in store for the future of Windows Phone, the third OS as it has widely become known, was scarcely represented at Mobile World Congress this week.

With a mass of Android handsets and a fleet of Firefox OS devices unveiled, Microsoft’s mobile OS was completely overlooked by leading manufacturers.

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February 27, 2014, 10:52 am

I for one think it would be hilarious to have a ported ROM to install full Windows Phone 8.1 (with soft keys) on the Nexus 5...


February 27, 2014, 11:00 am

What we need is one of two best os's (android) running on the some of the best hardware (Nokia) out there, not the other way around - the buggiest OS running on the blandest hardware. The Lumia 1020 running KitKat would be the closest to the perfect device for me

Alex Baker

February 27, 2014, 11:29 am

I think this is a great idea. One of the best things about PC is that you can change the OS if you don't like it. I only wish that more manufacturers would unlock their bootloaders by default.


February 27, 2014, 4:12 pm

one the right off the bat, since when is Seattle mostly sunny. someone needs to fixe that weather tile to, always cloudy. but otherwise great.


February 28, 2014, 4:27 am

I think you need to do your homework. I used Android for years and had issues on a regular basis. I been using WP for about a year and love it. Smooth, fast, doesn't crash, intuitive.


February 28, 2014, 1:38 pm

I have a Lumia 1020 and an HTC One so I think I speak from experience
Here's what I had to do to get my music collection onto my 1020 (with Black update)...
copy and paste collection to the 1020 whilst plugged into my PC
files don't play so I google the error
download 'windows phone app for desktop' and use that to transfer the collection
now I have duplicates that I cannot delete from the phone nor desktop
I delete everything and start all over, but now I have triplicates; every time I sync, the music collection grows
I delete all traces of music collection on the 1020 by enabling hidden files and folders, delete all user information in user/app data/local/roaming/microsoft (or something like that)
sync everything over ONCE and don't dream of adding anything else

I would call that buggy

apple SUCKS

March 3, 2014, 7:46 pm

you are doing something wrong. we are also, coming from android phones(i have Nokia 1520, my wife has 1020 and my kids have 521's now), which we ALL LOVE very much, way better than Android phns so far. Very SMOOTH and so easy to use. we were able to transfer ALL our MP3 songs from our android phns to our WP with 0 issues and NO duplication. I used to have WP back in 2003 (way before iPOOP and Android were even on the market 2003 AudioVox PPC-6700, AKA HTC Apache, which had MANY things that iPOOP copied from, and told the world they invented everything, NOOOOOT)m which was so far of itself and was very happey with it, but MS fell a little behind on Smart Phns, so later on i decided to go with android, as i HATED IPOOP phns. My 1st HTC Android was very good, but like my 2nd Samsung Android phn, they had lot of bugs and crashed many times(which i got use to after a while),..............however, i decided to go with WP and, so far none of our WP gave us ANY issues and has been working very well. we also LOVE our PRO cameras on our Nokia WP's. I really dont want to go back to ANY other OS's. we are very pleased with WP, rock solid, so far with many cool shortcuts. I know, 8.1 will even have more cool stuff.

apple SUCKS

March 3, 2014, 7:49 pm

that would be great. I hope that happens and love to see many many android phns switch to 8.1. i think it would be very cool to see Samsung, Sony, LG(flex),...... all on 8.1. lets see what happens.


August 3, 2014, 11:54 am


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