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

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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18 Comments

1. Kurai unregistered

Microsoft is getting desperate . . .

14. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

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

2. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

5. psigate

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 24, 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?

9. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 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.....

8. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

11. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Right.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

4. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

now that's worth a purchase.

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

7. ez31k

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 10, 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. :-)

12. Dastrix unregistered

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

13. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 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

18. poping unregistered

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

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