01/12/2013, 12:49 AM
Here's how it would work:
A company would provide a phone, probably directly as I doubt carriers would support it.
it would essentially be a touchscreen phone, maybe high end, maybe midrange.
The company would provide precompiled ROM images for most operating systems (Ubuntu, WebOS, Android, Windows Phone - for a fee to cover the WP license, of course), along with the open source drivers so that anyone can port a different OS.
The bootloader would be designed to handle the loading of a new OS, ideally over Wifi or 3G (if the data plan supports it) - no computer required. Offical ROMs would be directly accessed, and you can point it to the download or stored files for third-party/custom ROMs.
A bonus would be if it enforces a standard or somehow saves contacts, SMS history, and other OS agnostic data.
Another bonus would be if it's useable for basic tasks (such as phone calls) while it's in the process loading a different OS (so a more featured bootloader).
Thoughts? Would you buy something like this if the hardware is decent?