Would you buy an Android phone from Microsoft?

April 1st, 2016


Imagine it: a Microsoft-built phone running on Google’s Android operating system. Go ahead, it’s easy if you try.

What do you see?

I see Panos Panay getting us pumped for hardware as delicious as the oft-imitated Surface Pro 4 and new Surface Book. I see Android tweaked to feature Microsoft software and services like Outlook and the rest of Office for Android, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, Cortana, and yes, Bing. The same search engine trusted by Apple’s Siri. It’s not as crazy as you might think since all of the above are already available from Microsoft in the Google Play store. Hell, Microsoft even makes a keyboard for Android as well as an app launcher. And let's not forget about the Nokia X and X2 series — phones once built on top of the open-source elements of Android in order to feature Nokia and Microsoft services.

Question is: would you buy an Android phone from Microsoft? Verge reader Kabircheema asked the same in the Microsoft forum earlier this week. A question I think is good enough to ask all Verge readers right from the front page.

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