HP Rumored to be Experimenting with Android for an Elite X3 Successor
It seems that the entire world is in consensus that the Windows 10 Mobile Operating System is on its way out. Well, everyone, except Microsoft themselves.
Rumour has it that HP is moving out of their Windows comfort-zone and experimenting with the Android operating system. This may be the best move for HP at this stage since their Elite X3 smartphone was possibly one of the best Windows-operated smartphones on the market.
Sadly, though it was not that popular with consumers. Besides its high retail cost and the enterprise focus, the main reason people did not buy the smartphone was that of the Windows operating system.
The Downhill Slide of the Windows 10 Mobile Operating System
It is clear that the idea of a Windows operating system is not much of a popular one. Since Microsoft is not seemingly interested in improving the experience of their Windows 10 Mobile OS.
HP is somewhat forced into exploring a new path to ensure they remain in the highly competitive smartphone market. It seems that their only other option going forward is to investigate and experiment with new solutions to improve their smartphone offerings.
A smartphone with huge potential to transform the user’s workspace, HP’s Elite X3 was set to make waves in the smartphone industry by allowing users to control their entire workspace by simply using their HP smartphone handset.
If only it did not run on Microsoft’s unpolished Windows 10 Mobile OS. HP is left with no choice but to experiment with the only other open-source option available: Google’s mobile operating system, Android.
The Elite X3, according to today’s standards, is an incredible smartphone device. Featuring Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM, it can handle any task rather effortlessly. Sadly, it was doomed from the start by running on the Windows operating system.
Additionally, it uses an accessory similar to Samsung’s DeX Station, which allows users to hook the smartphone up to a display and extend the mobile workspace for a seamless working experience and increased productivity. Who wouldn’t want an all-in-one system like that?
The Elite X3 Successor
It is speculated that the new, Android version of the Elite X3 will function similarly to the Samsung S8 and DeX station pairing. If HP can make this work and work well, then they are par for the course to making leaps and bounds in the smartphone industry.
Additionally, it is speculated that should HP go through with the switch to an Android OS, the smartphone will likely run Snapdragon 835 to match up to the computing performance of other, more recently released smartphone devices.
The Pros versus the Cons
As with any experimentation with new products and methods, there will be pros and cons that need to be acknowledged. The greatest advantage of this potential switch is that HP is finally abandoning the sub-standard and glaringly dead loss of an operating system that is Windows 10 Mobile.
This means that future HP smartphone handsets have the potential to dominate the market, as we have seen some big players like Samsung do successfully for years. The downside, however, is that we have seen other companies try and attempt to the same thing and have failed dismally.
The outcome has more often than not been a poor and hacky solution to the Android design. What are the chances of HP getting it right and overcoming these common pitfalls? Only time will tell, and by time, we mean lots of it.
Onwards and Upwards
With experimentation still in the early stages, it is possible that we won’t see an Android-powered HP smartphone anytime too soon. Additionally, HP is likely to continue with their enterprise-oriented strategy to ensure they don’t fade out the way BlackBerry did.
If HP can pull this switch to Android, there will be no looking back. Especially not in the direction of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a fantastic smartphone in every right, running on the tried and trusted Android operating system? Should HP pull this off, it will be a great feat to see another great player in the game of smartphone technology worldwide.