Microsoft expands access to Windows 10 on Xiaomi handsets
Windows 10 for PCs and tablets arrived yesterday while the version for smartphones should arrive pretty soon. Microsoft released an early version for Android smartphones back in June, namely a Windows 10 Mobile ROM for the Xiaomi Mi 4. Now, it looks like Xiaomi owners in China will soon gain access to the Windows Insider Program.
Earlier today, Jon Belfiore posted the following on Twitter: "We intend to start our insider program in China with Xiaomi phones in the next few weeks... The software is running very nicely on these!" Since Xiaomi managed to sell 34.7 million handsets during the first half of 2015 and is the second largest smartphone maker in China, after Huawei, this is a natural choice for Microsoft.
The Xiaomi Mi4 is an excellent hardware platform to run Windows 10 Mobile on, featuring a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and loaded with 3 GB of memory. Remains to see how many Android users will decide to keep their old handsets and replace Google's mobile OS with Microsoft's. In the long run, this might become a very interesting battle to watch.