Microsoft’s slice of the smartphone market is absolutely puny compared to Android’s 81 percent majority, but the Windows-maker may have a new plan to fight back. TechCrunch reports that the Redmond company is hard at work on a way to convert Android devices to a version of Windows 10 for phones.
The company hinted at the new program in the latest Windows 10 announcement, revealing that it’s working with Xiaomi to let some people try the new mobile operating system on existing Android-based Mi 4 handsets. However, TechCrunch’s sources say this may just be the first stage of a larger strategy. The Microsoft ROM could potentially be used to flash any Android device with a version of Windows 10.
The result could be something like Cyanogen, which is available to pretty much anyone with an Android device and some spare time. Don’t forget, Microsoft is reportedly set to make a big investment in the company behind Cyanogen. Maybe part of that deal includes help developing this new ROM.
For now, Microsoft says its Windows 10 ROM will be limited to a small number of Xiaomi fans, giving the company a nice little test group. But if the new program works it might not be too long before the same offer expands to other Android devices.