Report: Intel to unveil Android/Windows hybrids, Microsoft/Google not on board

Sources tell The Verge Intel (INTC) and its OEM partners plan to show off tablets/convertibles capable of simultaneously running Android (GOOG) and Windows (MSFT) at CES. The products will reportedly be able to run Android and Windows apps side by side.

Though Samsung and Asus have experimented with Android/Windows hybrids, there hasn't yet been a major push behind the concept, which fuses the world's most popular mobile and PC platforms. Intel is uniquely positioned to address the opportunity, since its x86 CPUs, unlike ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs, can run both Android and Windows 8.

However, sources state neither Microsoft nor Google supports the initiative, given doing so means indirectly supporting a rival platform. Microsoft, which is scrambling to improve developer support for Windows Phone and Metro-style Windows apps, might be especially on edge.

The Verge observes Microsoft could make OEMs think twice by withholding marketing support and/or license discounts, and that Google could restrict access to Google Play and others apps/services.

Ironically, investment firm Longboard Asset Management declared in October Android/Windows hybrids are a key reason to be bullish on Microsoft. The firm called such products a "game changer" for the software giant, particularly in the enterprise.

Likewise, the devices could strengthen Google's high-end and enterprise tablet positions. The iPad still claims an outsized share of these segments, even as Android has gobbled up low-end tablet share.

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  • techy46
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    A great idea especially for consumer browsing and content consumption devices like tablets. Asus has already released a teaser ad that some say indicates that the Asus T100 will be available in a version that can run both Android and Windows. That certainly makes the apps and buying decision much less issues. A lot of developers and techies have dual boot desktops for running flavors of Linux, Unix and Windows without dedicated boxes.
    3 Jan 2014, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • mikeurl
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    If I'm not mistaken Intel said months ago this is on the way. It's really just a question of when.


    Intel will probably roll its own version of Android along with a partner like Asus. While they're at it they should make sure the device can run Linux too. Then it can triple-boot into Windows, Android or Linux. That's a game changer right there.
    3 Jan 2014, 07:09 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    The feasibility would depend in part on document compatibility. In practice if one purchases a Windows app but want to run in Android, they would have to purchase a second app.


    Current tablets and smart phones are more powerful than mainstream desktops from 7 years ago that ran Windows (and Mac) just fine. It's time to bring the desktop OSes (including Ubuntu) to portables and say good bye to Android and iOS which were great for 400mhz phones with 256mb of memory. When you have 4 core 2ghz tablets with +2gb of memory why not use a real OS?
    3 Jan 2014, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    Windows 8 is a nightmare designed by morons. You can have it.
    3 Jan 2014, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • Qniform
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    I remember at least one laptop that does this. A tablet with dual op systems isn't such a stretch.
    3 Jan 2014, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • jameskm03
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    I hate when companies try and shut down innovation. MSFT and GOOG should both quit whining and give customers more options and from these comments what they want.
    3 Jan 2014, 09:18 PM Reply Like
  • Chiipy-Nostradamus
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    MSFT ......LOL.....think Control-Alt-Delete....... wait agonizingly for 15 mins, a couple of minutes of utter gibbersh followed by pitch black screens...then another 5 mins later....ICONS !! What a horrible fate for all PC owners. Its time to move to Android, Linux, and iOS.
    3 Jan 2014, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • jjnagoings
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    Can't wait for AE's article on this report
    3 Jan 2014, 11:22 PM Reply Like
  • Arigbede
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    4 Jan 2014, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • samstown
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    What's awesome ? Google and Microsoft just kill it... Without there support it's dead on arrival.
    4 Jan 2014, 03:39 AM Reply Like
  • trader_xx
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    "However, sources state neither Microsoft nor Google supports the initiative, given doing so means indirectly supporting a rival platform. Microsoft, which is scrambling to improve developer support for Windows Phone and Metro-style Windows apps, might be especially on edge."


    Ouch ! So why has INTC pushed this "dual boot" capability without buy-in from the OS suppliers ? Looks like INTC just got smacked down...
    4 Jan 2014, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Is this dual-boot, or is it something where you can run apps in both platforms at the same time?


    If that is the case, will be curious as to how this works, if there is a Parent OS running an emulator or what.


    After all you can run Linux on Microsoft's cloud so...
    5 Jan 2014, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Looks like Windows would be the parent OS. Since Android is open source this would make sense.


    I think this is hugely bullish for Microsoft.


    "Android would run inside of Windows using virtualization techniques, so you could have Android and Windows apps side by side without rebooting your machine."


    I think it was only a matter of time before something like this happened, this would make my life 5,000 times easier. I wouldn't use it for Android would just be nice to have a Linux shell available or X Windows without having to install a bunch of addons.


    If Asus T-100 offers this will buy one as soon as it's out.
    5 Jan 2014, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • Qniform
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    I think the Transformer Book Trio is the bet answer rather than the T100. For me anyway.
    5 Jan 2014, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • pdegroot
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    My understanding is that Android will run in a VM. As long as your doing that, there's nothing stopping you from also running Linux in a VM as well.
    I see this development as positive for Google, negative for MS, since it expands the market for Android apps AND it simultaneously reduces developer interest in building native Windows 8 "Metro" style apps. If customers want lightweight, touch-enabled apps, and especially if they have an Android phone, they can just download the Android app to their Android/Windows device, and there's no need to waste dev time on a Windows-specific version.
    In general, people who are buying Windows 8 PCs these days need them for business purposes, particularly Office, and that's not optional. But for everything else, they now don't have to wait for the Metro App to show up or carry around a second, Android device
    6 Jan 2014, 01:20 AM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    You know, I overlooked this and I think alot of people are also.


    Windows 8.1 already comes with Hyper-V for free built in. It can run Linux in it anyway. Seems like an easy thing for hardware vendors to do to extend/integrate it to make it easily usable to the end users.
    8 Jan 2014, 09:53 PM Reply Like
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