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Report says Google doesn't want Android and Windows dual-OS devices to happen

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Report says Google doesn't want Android and Windows dual-OS devices to happen

At CES 2014, we saw a limited introduction of tablets that run both Android and Windows on Intel "Bay Trail" chip. Although the convenience of these devices is inarguable, the business part behind them is rather cumbersome and their future is disputable.


According to a DigiTimes, Google has "pressured" ASUS to "postpone" its plans to release its Transformer Book Duet TD300 hybrid tablet. The device which runs Android and Windows 8.1 could result in an increased penetration rate for Windows, which would benefit Intel and Microsoft, but not Google. It appears there's no way for ASUS to please all its partners at once with the launch of a dual-OS device, so the Taiwanese maker might have left the concept for better days.


Although Google and Microsoft's notable mutual disdain would suggest otherwise, the latter's recent expansion strategy openly relies on Android to bring Windows to mobile platforms. Since last year, there have been rumors of Microsoft asking its partners to produce dual-booting smartphones. The same happened with other types on devices, and at this year's MWC, Microsoft and Nokia launched an Android-based series of smartphones which serves as an introduction to Windows Phone more than anything.


It's understandable that Google wants to avoid Android becoming a vessel for a competing platform's success. Given that, it's likely that other manufacturers will also have Mountain View "nicely" ask them to reconsider their dual-OS plans. If that's really the case, that is.


source: DigiTimes

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:23 1

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 5021; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Don't do it kids! Dual boot systems is a gateway drug! lol, I like Android more, though the idea of having a dual boot device would be pretty cool.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:39 8

4. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Android is nothing compare to the Windows 8 PRO..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:55 7

11. Kuroki (Posts: 88; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


well duh, android started as a mobile OS.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:57 7

16. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Android is nothing compared to Windows 8 RT..

yes, the playstore has more apps but OS wise windows rt is a lot better

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:05 14

18. Finalflash (Posts: 3210; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Right, that's why the surface RT was a raging success.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:37 3

20. papss (unregistered)


Sales success and quality done always go hand in hand.. Just saying

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 10:33 2

37. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


People still haven't figured out that for probably 90% of people, less is more. Apple figured that out already with the ipad and ios. MS is either ignorant or simply caters to another crowd.

WinRT still sucks. It's Win8 running on ARM, with all the crap that goes with it.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:46 1

30. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


for a 1st gen product on a established markets it did well ,

it sold more than the Nexus 10 , a product with a OS with the booth feet on the market and at low price

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:17

66. sgodsell (Posts: 3890; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


So Android sold 120 million tablets last year alone. IOS 70 million, Windows was 4 million.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apples-tablet-market-share-drops-in-2013-Android-and-Samsung-on-the-rise_id53408

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:41 2

32. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


So by your reasoning Britney Spears is a better singer than Christina Aguilera and Jay-Z is a better rapper than Nas.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:39 1

24. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


are you high? no os has apps as much as windows. there are millions of apps (programs) out there. if they are not in a store doesnt mean they dont exist. (x64 or x86 not that crippled rt)

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:43

27. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


i'm talking about Windows RT

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:20

67. sgodsell (Posts: 3890; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Tablets sales tell everything
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apples-tablet-market-share-drops-in-2013-Android-and-Samsung-on-the-rise_id53408

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 10:53

43. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well... I agree but believe it or not, I still like to do a few things on android rather than my Windows 8.1 Pro notebook...

For instance....

MX Player is better than any Movie player app on Windows 8 or on desktop mode... also paired with my SubLoader app, I just forget about the tangle mess it was to download, extract, rename subtitles...
And finally my phone's CEC capabilities allows me to plug it to my TV and control it with the same remote.

My Walkman app is great to use, and it is my main music player... I have never used the Music App included in Windows 8.

Sometimes I rather use Apps instead of Web pages.. like 9GAG or Twitter... Most of the time I rather use the Google Maps app on my phone instead of the Bing Maps or even Gmaps on chrome...
I rarely use IMDB web page, translator, email (for reading)... and actually prefer to use the apps...

And I know many of those apps found on Android can be found on Windows 8 Store... but I like them more in Android interface...

Most of the time I play casual games... but I do play a couple on my notebook or Xbox...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 13:25

51. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


mxplayer : pure awsomeness of an app

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:28 1

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Of course they don't, the Google-Lenovo-Samsung crossover deal is all about Chome OS entering the desktop and laptop market, professionally. And the best way to do so is to have the partners sell Chomebooks and Chrome PCs exclusively, no dual boot or Windows alternative.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:36 4

3. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


What happened to googles "Don't be evil" motto?

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:53 11

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I think they changed it to "Don't get Microd*cked".

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:07 9

19. Finalflash (Posts: 3210; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Gotta feel bad for MS a bit though, their OS is so bad that now it is piggybacking on another to gain traction. Kind of like a virus or malware.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:48 2

21. papss (unregistered)


You mean like google does in the desktop area with crapbooks?

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:16 4

23. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Dualboot is completely normal practice in PC world. Now tablets are practically PC's. Why are they tighed to one system only? There used to be practical reason: CISC vs RISC architecture. Now it looks, like engineers overcome it. So it's now pure politics. When company influences other company not to do something, that can be good for customers, that's evil politics.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 10:37 1

38. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Dual booting isn't something that the average person ever does. I would do it because I do, but I'm not going to pay an extra $50 for a crappy OS to go with it, while others may.

Think of it - both OSes can't talk to each other, both can't share a common drive, and both can't share apps. It's nothing but complication, and of course MS wants it, so it must be bad.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 16:51

69. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


These are not non profit companies. Google is not in the business to help their competion, even if it would be nice for the consumers. It's nothing evil about wanting to not help another company gain traction.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:39

25. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


wolf in a sheeps skin

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 13:38 1

53. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


As much as MS tries to throw mud at Google....is anyone surprised by this?

Even with Apple...after all these years they allowed Windows to be ran along side OS X...but only on Apple hardware...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:39 1

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1173; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I don't blame Google at all. A dual boot system will take Android and introduce it to Windows even if Android will be a hit Windows will be able to take a ride on Adroid. Don't get me wrong I would use both, and I love Windows desktop for all you would be haters I also build servers, HTPC's, and PC desktops all based on Windows since 1994.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:40 1

6. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Poor google..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:45 5

7. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


If it happen windows will take over all they need is people to at least try it. I personally love windows 8/8.1 its easy to use, but people are turn off by its new look, if its built in with Google, people would give it a try more and get use to it

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:47 7

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Google is afraid of MS in this sector as Android is nothing in front of Windows.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:41 6

26. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


its a mobile os vs a real os. what else did you expect?

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