Time for a dual-boot smartphone!

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by jimbo1mcm, May 20, 2013.

  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    How about a dual boot phone? There are a lot of people who like various aspects of IOS and Android ( not even considering Windows Phone OS, sorry). I can boot into either MAC OSX or Windows OS on my MacBook Pro. Maybe this can be a phone of the future?
     
  2. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    No, Apple would never let another company use iOS in their device, nor would Apple make a device with Android on it.

    That'd be a very niche product anyway.
     
  3. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    With a few hacks you can boot Windows Phone 7 and Android on a HTC HD2.


    It's an old device from 2009 however.
     
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    I like the idea!

    But it would have to be iOS on an Android phone, simply because of the screen size.
     
  5. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    I must admit that I quite enjoy Android, ATM I have no desire for iOS on my SGS4, others might though, so not to be dismissed. :)
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I don't see the point in this at all. Is there really something on iOS that you can't do on Android? It seems like a total hassle to be honest. OTOH, there are a few things you cannot do in iOS that you can do on Android but still, that doesn't make me want to dual boot.
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    For 'new' flagship android devices it would be nice to have the choice of boot into Manufacturers OS or Android ASOP....

    But cross platform booting... Not going to happen
     
  8. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Bingo. Dual booting between AOSP and TW would be awesome.
     
  9. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Ubuntu and Android FTW!
     
  10. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    Well to be fair, plenty of amazing apps are developed for iOS only. Like music, medical, education, and etc. I personally don't use any iOS only apps but, I know some people that rely on them. While Android might have alternatives to some, some of those apps are so specific that there is none.

    This would be nice. I doubt we will see dual booting, but I can imagine giving users the choice between firmware during initial setup. And you can always Factory Reset to choose again. I can really see that happening, especially with high end phones with 64gb of space.
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. I wouldn't buy a dual boot phone. I don't want to give up the extra space that 2 OSs would require.
     
  12. Twixt macrumors 6502

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    unless we at last have 128 GB phones... flash is cheap but we do not see this impact on specs yet
     
  13. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    yup, wish this could happen. but manufacturers have their own ego I guess with skinning their devices combine with services in order to compete.
     
  14. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

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    would love to see such a great phone.
    but, i dont think we would ever see any collaboration between google and apple.
     
  15. ppeyton1143 macrumors member

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    that would be nice, but we wont see any phone like that, ever.
     
  16. jamezr macrumors G4

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    you could use an 32GB SD card to have one OS and then have internal storage for another...
     
  17. b166er macrumors 68020

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    At this stage of the game there are very few things an iPhone can do that an average Android can't. In time that already narrow gap will close.

    Not hating on Apple here- I use Apple products daily. But I don't see the need to dual boot if Android does everything iOS does. With OSX and Windows there are a lot of cases (still) where software is only compatible with one OS. Every app I use on my phone is available in both markets.
     
  18. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

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    While I don't think the likelihood is that high, I'd like to point out that people probably said the same thing 15 years ago about Macs...and yet I spend about half my time on my Mac playing games in Windows, so...never say never.
     
  19. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    PCs are much different than mobile devices.
    Allowing people to install alternate OSes would allow them to break from iOS's "walled garden."
    And you still cannot install OSX (at least without some "hacking") on anything but a Mac, due to the software being made for the hardware (just the same as with iOS)
    And the main reason Apple made Macs able to install Windows was because most applications (mainly business) are made for Windows; the opposite is true on mobile devices, most things are developed for iOS (although that is rapidly changing)
    I just can't see Apple letting you install another OS on an iDevice, there's no real reason, anything on Android is also on iOS, unless Apple doesn't want it there. They want control over your device, and without JBing, they have it.
     
  20. cody92 macrumors newbie

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    I dual boot android and ubuntu on my nexus 7. With android there are dual or more boot options. Across different kernels... Good luck
     
  21. Lunfai macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure dual booting on phones would be ideal for end consumers but it would be fun for developers. Although I'd hardly doubt it is possible with today's hardware; I know some phones was hacked to run Android. It's an interesting subject but most likely some sort of hardware won't function that will ruin the experience; such as the wifi not working or brightness control..
     
  22. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    HD2 is the GREATEST PHONE to EVER be built and the developer community for it is still very much alive. Seriously, I'm pretty sure it's been hacked to run every mobile operating system (except iOS, of course) out there.
     
  23. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    We need more phones like that.
     

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