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Asus halts dual-boot devices after pressure from Google and Microsoft

As you may expect, neither Google nor Microsoft are happy about dual booting devices. Both feel it takes away form what they have on offer, and has the potential to confuse customers. Asus had an Android/Windows device in the works, but has reportedly shelved it due to pressure form both Google and Microsoft.

Huawei bringing dual-boot Android/Windows Phone in Q2 2014

Huawei wants to have their cake and eat it, too. The company, who recently pulled out of the US market, is promising to support Windows Phone. In doing so, they’re also hedging their bets by promising we’ll see a dual-booting device, which will bring Windows and Android on the same device.

Windows Phone 8 tipped to be dual-booting with Android by June

Windows Phone and Android dual-boot handsets have been discussed on several occasions in the past. Rumor and speculation have thrown Samsung, Huawei, and HTC into the group of possibles but the problem is we have yet to hear anything firm regarding plans. Well, it seems another name is being thrown in the mix, and they are expected to have a handset available by June.

Archos mulls over joining the Windows Phone race

Archos might have a reputation for outing very low-cost Android devices, and one curious gaming handheld, but it hasn't exactly been able to match the output, not to mention the profits, of the bigger dogs. It isn't known if that factor comes into play, but it seems that the company is interested in shipping Windows Phone devices sometime in the future.

79% of smartphone shipments in 2013 were Android-based handsets

Android has increased its lead. According to new data, roughly 79% of all smartphones shipped globally were Android based handsets. Global smartphone distribution also increased greatly, with 990 million devices being sent out in 2013. If you’re keeping track, that’s 782.1 million Android handsets shipped in 2013.

Microsoft said to be considering allowing OEMs to use mobile OS free of charge

New reports suggest that Microsoft is now considering giving Windows Mobile away to OEMs for free, ending the licensing deal that garnered them about $30 per handset. This move would align Microsoft with Google, giving away their mobile platform for free while driving business to other revenue streams. This is only part of a series of moves being considered by operating systems chief Terry Myerson, along with bringing back the Start menu.
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