Intel wants to boost PC sales by putting Android alongside Windows in the same box

Intel wants to boost PC sales by putting Android alongside Windows in the same box
With "Intel Inside" a large number of PCs, the fortunes of the silicon slinger are tied hand in hand with how well PCs and laptops are flying off the shelves. Considering the state of the PC market, Intel is looking for something, anything, to spark consumers to buy computers. To this end, Intel is rumored to be working with computer manufacturers to produce a laptop that runs both Windows and Android. An announcement is expected at CES next week.

Dubbed "Dual OS", the computer would use virtualization to allow Windows and Android apps to run side by side without having to reboot the machine. The whole idea is nothing new. Samsung in June launched its Samsung ATIV Q tablet that boots Windows and Android using an app called "Dual OS". The "Dual OS" name was also used by Asus for a tablet that recently visited the FCC. Asus recently produced a teaser video for a dual-boot Transformer slate that is expected to visit CES next week.

But "Dual OS" might not be the name employed by Intel for the dual boot program. According to Time Magazine, the program will be named "PC Plus". But the whole idea might not go anywhere. While Intel has the chips that can power both OS, Microsoft is apparently not happy with this. The company has been working on putting all of its Windows apps into one marketplace and is not excited about seeing Android apps available for the same box, running alongside Windows apps. Microsoft could use the leverage it has over manufacturers, such as cutting discounts on Windows 8, or refusing to budget marketing money, in an effort to get manufacturers to back off.

You might think that with Android being open source, there isn't much that Google could do to block the use of Android on a laptop that also runs Windows. But you'd be wrong. Google can withhold use of the Google Play Store and Google applications like Maps and YouTube.

source: TheVerge via AndroidAuthority

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52 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

that would be sick, but wasn't there a mod to install android onto your pc a while back?

3. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Do you mean bluestacks?

18. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

no, it was a method to make you roc run android like full android not just apps

21. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

6. wilsong17 unregistered

it still is available

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I don't see why google would disapprove of this. All the more people to buy apps and such.

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because for every pc sold, that has windows, MS would make money from droid. If I am not mistaken that is. Unless that is solely on hardware stuff used solely in phones.

51. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I fail to see how Microsoft would make money from Android (other than licensing patents that is).

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

7. wilsong17 unregistered

she3p

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not likely, my friend... More like Leader❕

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

She3p

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

How❔❔❔

23. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

ur leading she3ps??

29. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's ok, as long as I'm still the leader... Lol❕ Really❔

46. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

rodneyj1 the son of microsoft tell me brother. Ir seems people don't understand you do they? Anyway i got some good news for you are you a member of gsmarena.com? They had their own user's voting smartphone champions league and guess what? Mokia phones emerged as winners 1 to 3 but it was all about trolling and nothing else. hope you are one of those guys who voted for lumia 520 against htc one

48. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Is he... Under what name? Is it Parrot, no who could it be....? I voted for HtcOne I know, that's what they did twice here on PhoneArena, polling 3,5, even 20 times by Nokia users. Just to keep float Nokia.

50. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No... Not a member.. Sorry, I didn't vote.. But I'm not surprised if "Mokia" won.. Mokia.. Lol❕

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

shep to not like something that offers nothing over their current platform? Except simple games that run only on droid? Name one droid feature set that is miles above a windows 8.1 tablet? Only thing you have is apps, since a majority are productivity apps, I do wonder the host of legacy apps that full windows can run.

43. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Quote from elitewolverine: "Name one droid feature set that is miles above a windows 8.1 tablet?" Why are you bringing up things no one is talking about? I have read through the comments multiple times and no one said anything about Android apps being even an inch above a Windows tablet, or PC, or anything running any version of Windows for that matter. Since you want someone to answer your out of the blue question, answer mine. Who, and quote them please, contested that any Android app was miles above a Windows 8.1 tablet in this post?

5. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

It would be nice to be able to use Android apps on my PC as I work. For example the time clock app would be much nicer to clock in and out on my PC for a more efficient workflow. Others will love playing all their familiar games. Playing Pandora without having the browser up all the time would be nice too. I'm interested to see how this goes since Microsoft (or maybe just the pres.) does not seem to be liking Google at all. @ocilfa Not sure if you are just typing out a thought, but they did not say Google disapproved of this, just that they can withhold the use of certain properties. Although I don't think they would disapprove or withhold in this case either.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

lets see windows 8.1 metroradio allows you to do just that, or xbox music, or.... Only thing I can think of is games, but if I am on a pc, last thing I want is phone game apps optimized for it, I want pc games, world of tanks, wow, total war, etc etc. To me its a gimmick, to the public they will think like you...wow I can run Pandora as an app and not as a browser...*hangshead down

42. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Quoted elitewolverine: "To me its a gimmick, to the public they will think like you...wow I can run Pandora as an app and not as a browser...*hangshead down" That's really neat that you mentioned other apps that do what I said could be done but it's bad if it's Pandora? I also don't remember taking a side, I just mentioned it could be done. What if someone doesn't like or use ANY of those streaming apps and ONLY use Pandora? Like I've had to say in other posts in reply to you, OPEN YOUR MIND. Again, everything does not revolve around your opinions. You can not use any of the features and I and most won't care at all. Why are you bringing up and defending PC games for some reason? I like PC games too buddy, did I say something negative towards them? Did I say Android or just phones apps in general were better? I don't see where I said wow or showed any sign of wow excitement for this. Quote from my post: "It would be nice to be able to use Android apps on my PC as I work." Did you take "It would be nice" as OMFG!!!!!!! finally Android apps on a PC I'm now complete!!! Do you think I don't have 8.1 and didn't know my PC had apps already? "To me its a gimmick, to the public they will think like you" I love how you separate yourself from the public somehow. Last I checked, you were also part of that group. And I hope they do think like me over you, open minded. Lastly, I would like to see you run Pandora as a browser. I can only use it within the browser. Maybe you are super awesome compared to us "public". Lots of clarifying questions in my post, I hope it doesn't overload you while trying to answer. Although I assume you will just get defensive, your natural human defense to your ignorance and closed mind. Next

8. Mr_Awesome

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

It would be awesome if both were running on the same phone... probably not gonna happen but i think it would be sweet

9. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Why would you need them running on the same phone when you can skin your Android phone to look exactly like a Windows Phone?

10. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Skinning doesn't necessarily add any of the features of Windows Phone phones. I want to say more to you but will hold my tongue this time.

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Don't hold back...

27. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

It's not always worth it. They may be tired or just not thinking straight at the moment. Just don't want misinformation confusing people thinking skinning is anything like what the article is actually talking about. I have to keep myself in check, I can fly off...... My passion for accuracy gets the best of me at times.

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Fair enough...

20. Mr_Awesome

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

I just think it would be cool to have both options... I love both

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