Shenzhen Makes An OS Sandwich
The new Tops-A1 is clearly a Shanzhai HTC Diamond2, but with one huge difference worthy of your attention. Now we’re not exactly sure what to call it…so we’ll try multiple-boot? With its latest update, the A1 runs both Windows Mobile OS and Android.
Before you get too excited, we’d like to clarify that it’s not like Parallels Desktop, which allows you to run a Windows OS simultaneously on top of your Mac OS. With a 3.2″ 240×400 px display, back and front facing cameras, and a MTK MT6515 processor that taps out at only 416Mhz, the phone wouldn’t usually be anything worth writing home about. With the new “mutiple-boot” system it’s making news in Shenzhen.
To run either OS system you must turn the device on using a certain synchronization of buttons, and they cannot run simultaneously. To run Android OS on the phone, you just press the regular power button to start up. To run Windows Mobile, you must press the power button and back button simultaneously. Check out the Video:
We know what you’re thinking. “Wow this is pretty cool, but what the hell is the use of having two operating systems on one phone?”, and that’s a great question. Here’s our best answer:
Both and Android and Windows Mobile have their ups and down. When trying to complete different tasks, one of the operating systems is usually better suited than the other. Having both would allow you to get the best of both worlds when you need it. For example: Windows Mobile is better integrated with social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, Android has a much larger variety of games and apps for most everything else.
Ideally, one day both operating systems will turn all their downs in to ups or will be able to run simultaneously on your phone like the aforementioned Parallels Desktop. The Tops-A1 is a taste of what the future of mobile phones could be.