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Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note tablet may be dual-boot with Android and Windows RT

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Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note tablet may be dual-boot with Android and Windows RT
Last week, we heard a rumor that HTC might be looking into dual-boot devices that run both Android and Windows Phone. The surprising part of the rumor was that it seemed Microsoft may have suggested the idea to HTC as a way to boost Windows Phone visibility. Today, a new rumor has emerged that says Microsoft may not be targeting HTC for this effort, but that the company from Redmond may have also asked Samsung and Huawei to do the same.

The report claims that just as with HTC, Microsoft has offered to waive licensing fees when asking Samsung and Huawei to build dual-boot devices; but, unlike with HTC, Microsoft may have asked the companies to not only build Android/Windows Phone handsets, but tablets as well. Unfortunately, the rumor doesn't say that Microsoft has been asking to get Samsung and Huawei tablets that are dual-boot Android and Windows 8, which consumers might actually want. Instead, the rumor has it that Microsoft is pushing for Android and Windows RT dual-boot tablets. We're not too sure how many users would want that, but maybe the idea is to get Windows RT into more hands and maybe give developers more incentive to support Microsoft's middle-child platform. 

The rumor goes on to assert that Microsoft hasn't just asked, but Samsung has answered. Supposedly, Samsung has agreed to make its upcoming Galaxy Note 12.2-inch tablet a dual-boot system running both Android and Windows RT. Of course, if you remember, one of the big annoyances with Windows RT was that the system could take up somewhere around 16GB of space on a device. Combine that with Samsung's TouchWiz heavy Android (which has been measured at around 10GB), and a 32GB tablet would be left with about 6GB of usable space. 

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posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:54 5

1. Kurai (unregistered)


Microsoft is getting desperate . . .

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 12:18

14. easymomo (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I learned something few weeks ago, working with Microsoft is dangerous. #nokia

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:55 5

2. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Isn't that what the Samsung Ativ Q was supposed to be?

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:30

5. psigate (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Ativ Q is supposed to run full Windows 8 not RT and it doesnt dual boot but run android within Windows.

Forget RT, got for a dual booth between android and Windows 8.1! Baytrail should be able to do this right?

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:36

9. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Yeah, I don't know too much about that. I just know that it was and then it wasn't. I can no longer find any information on it exept that it was pulled. This could have been the reason for it.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 12:58

15. Shatter (Posts: 1763; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Intel is working Google to get full x86 support on android. The current expectation is that it will be done by android 5.0 so you can install it on like a desktop.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:55 1

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


No thanks I'd rather go for galaxy note 10.1 (2014 edition). On a side note why is it called 2014 edition when it launched in 2013? Just curious.....

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:35 3

8. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Kinda like the auto industry. About midway through the year you begin to see the next year's models out. It could also have to do with fiscal years. Some companies have fiscal years that start in October, so for those companies, they are operating in 2014.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:15

11. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Right.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:59

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They seem to have run out of names.... And seem to be going with car names now

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:22

4. good2great (Posts: 1033; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


now that's worth a purchase.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:32

6. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Worthless. RT is useless and all this is going to do is drive up the price with no benefit to be gained by the customer. I wouldn't buy it.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 19:05 1

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


My concern is they also take up memory space and reduce the amount available to user.

RT is not really worth it. iOS then yes but Apple will never allow it.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 19:26

17. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Exactly. You will have to buy a "64gb" model at the minimum, and it will still only have 10 gb left of free space. Not to mention, it will never be updated because I can only imagine the nightmare that would be the kernel. I could be wrong, but this seems like a nightmare to me.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:34

7. ez31k (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!
Seriously though, A 12 inch note that can dual boot windows would be Amazing!! A couple of things concern me though... Battery life, Speaker placement, Storage space and Pricing. Fix all that and you have yourself a buyer. :-)

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:48

12. Dastrix (Posts: 518; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Damn, that would be epic! Best of both worlds!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:56 1

13. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


microsoft should merge RT and WP first than push their patner to make dual boot OS, WP OS with RT slide screen dualboot with samsung touchwiz with split screen will be awesome tools.
i dont know why they love RT so much, it will be more simple and better to unified RT and WP OS, and it will be easier to focus to improve better experience on the OS and make it easier for developers to make 1 apps to fit both WP tablet and WP phone.
maybe dual boot WP and android can make google and microsoft ceasefire

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:13

18. poping (unregistered)


do it on the note phablets and s series, too...

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