If you can’t beat them, convert them? That seems to be the idea behind a custom ROM that Microsoft’s working on that will turn Android phones into Windows 10 phones.
Microsoft has been very busy on the Windows 10 front, announcing that it will ship before the end of August and that it will be free even if you have a pirated copy. It’s all part of its plan to extend Windows 10 absolutely everywhere it can.
Everywhere, it turns out, extends even to Android smartphones. As part of its announcements yesterday, Microsoft noted that it’s testing Windows 10 on the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone. So far, so good, you might think, because there are more Windows Phone options than just Lumias, even if there are only a few. Except that the Mi 4 is an Android smartphone.
This isn’t, as Techcrunch notes, a case of dual booting the phone, but instead replacing it with a custom ROM tailored to the Mi 4 and offered specifically by Microsoft. For now, it’s a China-only initiative, but if ROM hacking history is any guide, you can probably expect hacked versions to be made available for other platforms at some point in the near future.