We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Phones to get two operating systems

Windows Mobile and Symbian on one handset

NTT DoCoMo and Intel will publish a set of specifications tomorrow that will allow users to load a second OS (operating system) onto their mobile phones.

The specifications add a second, open domain to the phone's architecture that is different from the default domain containing the basic OS. Users could install an additional OS or applications in the second domain and switch to them using a controller in the phone, Masanori Goto, a spokesman for NTT DoCoMo, said.

Most of the Japanese carrier's handsets are based on the Symbian or Linux OSes, but phones built to the new specifications would be able to run other OSes, such as Windows Mobile or additional applications.

The controller, which handles switching between the two domains, will ensure that basic call functions continue to be available while the second domain is active so that users don't miss any calls.

The specifications, which NTT DoCoMo has named Osti (open and secure terminal initiative), are primarily aimed at benefiting corporate customers who might want to supplement the phone's basic software with customised applications. It will also be possible to set a security policy for the handset's second domain.

Details of how the specifications will be offered and implemented are yet to be worked out.


IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model