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This article was published on March 3, 2014

India’s Karbonn is set to release smartphones that run both Windows Phone and Android

India’s Karbonn is set to release smartphones that run both Windows Phone and Android Image by: NOAH SEELAM
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

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Indian phone manufacturer Karbonn Mobiles is planning to release dual-OS devices by June, which will run both Windows Phone and Android, the Times of India reports.

Karbonn reached a deal with Microsoft recently, company chairman Sudhir Hasija told the Times of India. “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,” he says.

Since last year, Microsoft has reportedly been open to the idea of dual-booting smartphones, in a bid to beef up its market share and challenge Android and iOS. It also seems like Microsoft is warming up to the idea of embracing more solidarity with Google’s Android OS. Last month, Nokia — whose device business Microsoft is in the process of acquiring — unveiled the Nokia X family of devices that run an operating system based on Android.

Karbonn to launch Android-cum-Windows smartphones [Times of India]

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