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This smartphone runs four different operating systems simultaneously

Can this be described as the future of smartphones?

  • Published: June 29, 2018 4:39 PM IST
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Smartphones have gotten significantly powerful in the past few years and act as primary computing device for a lot of users. While they can do most things previously possible only on PCs, they can’t boot different operating system like it is possible with a PC. Now, there is a smartphone that can not only run multiple operating systems but does so simultaneously.

The secret sauce in making a smartphone to run four different operating system is Windows 10 Mobile. The now dead mobile operating system made by Microsoft, which lost ground and surrendered to the dominance of Android and Apple’s iOS. Gustave M, a developer based in France, has successfully managed to port four different operating systems to a Windows Phone.

In a video uploaded by Gustave, one can see a Windows Phone device running four different operating systems – Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 Mobile. The video shows the developer switching from one operating system to another via the familiar Windows’ boot interface. The video also shows that basic functions work with each of these operating systems. It also suggests that the hardware is capable of handling multiple operating system at once.

Out of the four operating systems, three of them are desktop-class operating system. While having four operating system on your mobile does sound interesting and crazy at the same time, the real purpse of such a system is not known yet.

While Gustave has successfully managed to run desktop Windows experience on a smartphone, the question about mobile productivity remains unanswered. It does show that the Nokia-made Windows Phone is capable of hosting these operating systems. The experience might not be as fluid as it is on a desktop PC with mouse and a keyboard.

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Microsoft recently announced that its plans to abandon Windows 10 Mobile platform in 2019. The last major device running the operating syetm was the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in 2015. A leaked roadmap revealed that Microsoft is working on thre new Surface devices and one of them is said to be a foldable device called Andromeda which might lauch as Surface Phone later this year

  • Published Date: June 29, 2018 4:39 PM IST