Intel plans to try Android/Windows dual-boot devices again

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The idea of putting Android and Windows on the same device is certainly not new. Many devices have attempted to do this, but none have really succeeded. That still doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone. The Verge is reporting that Intel is the mastermind behind this idea and they are pushing it once again this year at CES.

The reasoning behind this idea is that PC sales are declining and they think this is a way to convince more people to buy them. They think that since so many people already use Android they would be more likely to buy a device that runs it. Microsoft, however, is totally against the idea. They think it sends the wrong message to developers, which is correct. Why would someone make a Windows app when the user might spend all their time in Android?

The dual OS idea is one that won’t succeed until there is a massive breakthrough. As it is now it’s just too much to expect someone to use both Android and Windows. What will happen is the user will just pick one and stick with that, never even bothering to switch. Of course, this doesn’t really concern Intel as long as someone buys the device. That, however, is what has plagued the past attempts at these dual OS devices.

Are you at all interested in a dual-boot device? Why or why not?

[via Phandroid]


  • Keith

    Everything I can find suggests this isn’t dual-boot but parallel-boot under a hypervisor. Seems like a great move: laptops now, desktops soon. Should help a lot of businesses transition to Android and still run legacy Windows software until ready for the 100% move a few years out.