And vice versa for the HTC One M8, when it comes to installing Windows Phone. The soon to be unveiled handset apparently comes with the same open bootloader.

Just like its Android counterpart, the One M8.

And theoretically, this means that those who purchase the upcoming smartphone could flash and install Android on HTC One W8. It will take some extra work to set up the different operating system, but the option it seems is there for the taking.

This has been revealed by Upleaks, a source that has a good record on things like these. According to the leaker, the HTC W8 bootloader supports HTC M8 UL and M8 WL.

Some ingenuity from developers will be required to port Windows Phone 8.1 to HTC M8 or Android 4.4 KitKat to the upcoming HTC W8.

And that is because both smartphones are reported to come with the same hardware configuration, to go with the open bootloader that HTC seems to be going with.

If the process is easy enough, there might be a fair share of people that might want to try Windows Phone on their HTC One M8 handset and see how Microsoft’s operating system compares to Android. Less chance of seeing Windows Phone users switching to Android after purchasing the W8.

More on this as, or if, it develops.

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  • Leroy26

    Options are always better, so this is good for the consumer. The question is: is it good for Microsoft? On one hand Windows may get more exposure from being associated with android. On the other hand, android will probably be chosen a lot more given the option.

    • JohnnyB

      That’s a pretty good point. I think your first point is more important to Redmond at this point in time. Get the exposure and worry about overtaking from Android from there. At least that should be the strategy.

    • WillyThePooh

      It won’t be a simple job for normal users and so the impact will be minimal. Besides, it will void the warranty of the cellphone.

  • SikSlayer

    Would it be possible to dual-boot both OSes? Or is there only enough flash or whatever for one OS?