Is a Microsoft Android Smartphone in the Works? Michael Kwan April 4, 2016 News Microsoft has already made it pretty clear to us that Windows Phone isn’t exactly going to be a focus this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have no interest in the mobile market. Last week, we learned how they’re going to push Android notifications to Windows 10 via Cortana. And let’s not forget about the heavier Microsoft integration we’re seeing in Samsung’s smartphones, including a couple years of bigger OneDrive storage. Could a Microsoft Android phone really take off? Amidst all the random April Fools’ Day gags making their way around the web last Friday, The Verge put up a post asking this exact question. It’s really not as far-fetched as you might imagine. If BlackBerry can put its OS aside in favor of Android for the Priv, why can’t Microsoft put its not-exactly-popular Windows Phone platform aside to make a Microsoft Android phone too. They could even keep the Lumia name if they want. The thing is that you can really Microsoft-ify your Android phone already through a number of official apps. Hop on through the Google Play Store and you’ll find everything from Office for Android to OneNote, Skype, Cortana and even Bing. If that stuff is baked right in from the get-go, you could actually have a very positive user experience. Microsoft isn’t necessarily interested in getting people on Windows Phone, per se, but they are very interested in getting people to buy into their app ecosystem. That includes Office and OneDrive, which can extend across multiple platforms. As of this writing, readers on the Verge have voted roughly 3-to-1 in favor of buying an Android phone from Microsoft. If the company can put together stellar hardware, like they have with the Surface line of tablets and convertibles, a Surface Phone powered by Android could actually be tremendous. What say you? I’d be much more inclined to consider an Android phone by Microsoft than one powered by Windows Phone. Of course, just because we might want something doesn’t mean Microsoft will deliver. But if we ask hard enough, they just might listen. Share This With The World!