Intel Officially Announces Dual OS Support, Many Devices Running Both Windows And Android Coming In 2014

Intel Dual OS Platform

At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device.

Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs.

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  • Bugbog

    I’m not surprised that it’s Intel (and AMD) pushing this agenda! This is their play to ensure that they have a foothold in either world going forwards, and don’t get left behind.
    Otherwise, I just think it’s ridiculous to have Android on a screen bigger than 12 inches!

    Anyone else?

    • whatup12

      agree–don’t necessarily think that this is good for the same ole reasons–ie, devs wont make metro apps, etc. I guess not so different than loading Windows on a Mac through VM though… for some reason, this kind of makes me laugh though and not quite sure why…maybe like kids being forced to play in the sandbox together.

      • Carlos Osuna

        @whatup12: This is way different from Parallels or VMWare, since it’s direct on the silicon via some kind of extensions.

        Microsoft, involuntarily, paved the way by splitting the Windows 8 experience. Running Android apps will be no different than running Desktop apps; just touch a tile and it will send you to Android side, full screen and all. It would even load faster than Metro apps which have poor freeze functionality.

        Until Metro apps catch speed (which could take years to decades, based on past experiences) it will be faster and easier to get the apps from Google play than to search them on the Windows Store.

        • whatup12

          I am not sure that I care about whether the metro apps were written for android and run on windows or written for windows on windows. I would be lying if i said that there weren’t android apps that appealed to me for tablets–and while i love wp, of course am holding out hope that some of these will come to our platform. But i hear from friends about the issues of side-loading android apps on blackberry which concerns me. Also, concerns of malware are ever present. Though as you said, this is written into the chip which is clearly different and i guess will make it run smoother. How different is this really consider MSFT looked at dual os phones, etc? In any case, interesting….

    • Carlos Osuna

      They aren’t really pushing Android for screens bigger than 12 inches, they are really targeting non ARM 7 to 11 inch tablets.

      What they are offering is a stable, application heavy environment in iPad replacements tablets for people who still trust Intel and Windows, but can’t live without the apps that Android offers.

      Ironically Metro is not Touch exclusive, so developers have no guarantee that it will, so they have to make trade-offs. Android, on the other hand, does not have that limitation. This makes apps more transparent and easier to use.

      • Bugbog

        Either English isn’t your first language, or you’re just spouting gibberish disguised as pseudo intellectual discourse, as what you are stating makes no sense whatsoever!

        • Carlos Osuna

          Darth Vader: The diplomacy is week with this one
          Yoda: Speak nonsense, he does.
          Lolcat: I Can Has Cheezburger?

          • Carlos Osuna

            BTW: I edited the comment for those of you who read the Basic English Wikipedia.

  • XB_Mod

    The best of Windows and Android?

    Seriously, what can Android add to WIndows? absolutely nothing.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      That is true, Android pretty much lacks in apps behind Windows ((for the) Desktop).

      • Carlos Osuna

        You’re being ironic… aren’t you.

        In the touch landscape, Windows Metro is the latecomer and Android the incumbent.

        Adding Android to Windows 8 tablets is like adding Chrome to a Windows XP machine. You can still have your old IE 6 exclusive apps while testing and using HTML5 ones. Else you would have to give up one to get the other. In this scenario, Metro is like WinForms or WPF. You don’t have to upgrade to have it, but not much apps are available.

      • Graeme

        Who the hell down thumbed Nham, this is a pretty good observation. Windows store has no developer traction. Try looking for adventure game like Bards Tale or even a usable To Do list that can sync with Toodledo and they don’t exist. Well they didn’t 6 months ago when I last looked, the closest you could get to an adventure game were Microsoft sponsored puzzle adventures. But at the same time I still own a surface, because there are 20 years worth of “Apps” that have been written and work best or only on a Windows PC.

    • Graeme

      Um. Apps.

  • Blue Nobu

    this is great for small devs! no more need to spend so much money on all sorts of devices to test…

  • Khambadkone

    Like dual-boot desktops, not sure how consumers would champion this. However, it points to a upcoming “Intel Inside” revolution in mobile devices.

  • Carlos Osuna

    Windows and Linux, together at last, long live the PC hypervisor.

    Intel just made itself relevant again, albeit with a little kick to Microsoft’s butt and a little kiss on Android’s cheek (or was it the other way around; lots of combinations, try several and you’ll get a laugh at of it).

    As for Windows 8, we can all thank it for tanking the Windows franchise. The ironic choice of a dual environment in Windows 8 was a Trojan (horse) which prepared us for the addition of N environments and the most obvious choice is Android.

    I think that Microsoft should seriously reflect on this move by Intel and wonder how we got here in just a year from it’s release. Windows 8.2 will either have to decide if it will play well with Android, block it completely, or embrace it.

    The latter is the best, since you can realize that that way, Metro apps become first class citizens, while Win32 and Android become second class. Until the Windows Store has the best and brightest apps and not just Android sequel and clones, will people really know this fact. In the mean time, they are just “demos and toys” which get in the way to the real stuff.

  • Graeme

    This is terrible news for Microsoft. They made a business decision to alienate business users (the majority of their constituency) with windows 8. I doubt this was done naively. The only possible explanation to try and force users into the unfriendly “modern” interface was to give it weight as an environment ripe for applications.

    That their closest and most loyal partner has decided that they have failed to create enough traction for developers to bother to develop WinRT apps is pretty damaging. They purposefully alienated themselves from their core and majority customers in order to force customers onto the Modern platform, with a fair premise that this would give the platform enough critical mass to be an essential application market. It didn’t. So now Microsoft is doomed with no application market, and a very disillusioned business market that will consider alternatives to upgrading to windows 8, there aren’t any, and then just choose to stay with the much more productive Windows 7.

    • Graeme

      Whoever down thumbed me, what exactly did you not agree with?

      • Graeme

        If it was the use of the word doomed, I’d be less angry, I think I got a bit over-enthusiastic there. But otherwise I think it’s a pretty fair summary of microsofts problem and strategic fuck ups. .

  • Beleebe

    Am surprised the way people are talking about this as if it is a new thing. This is common place in China. My first windows 8 tablet I bought from China when windows 8 was in release candidate or whatever they called it was based on intel atom with 2gb ram and 32gb ssd. It dual booted both windows 8 and android. With what is happening, I think the western world is now behind China in computing technology. One example I remember well is that, screen touch phones appeared in China well before Apple iPhones. You can verify. Update…Those phones were not smart phones anyway.

  • james braselton

    hi there had a android phone before wondows 8 phone found about 15 too 30 live tile apps on android ios has about 100 live tiles on ipad i had iphone lg thrill 3d phone nokia 1520 is curent phone