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Intel’s Dual OS Platform to See Windows and Android Get Real Cosy Throughout 2014

January 7, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

The first day of CES 2014 may be over and done with but, as history has taught us there’ll be plenty more news to trickle out from the rest of the show to keep us Android fans happy. One such little bit of news might not be so little, and might be something a lot of Android fans have been crying out for, for a long time indeed. Intel announced (however briefly) during their CES keynote that Dual OS Platforms were to continue throughout 2014 and products such as ASUS’ Transformer Book Duet will continue to hit shelves throughout 2014. In case you missed ASUS’ Android/Windows hybrid, read up on it here.

No matter how much Microsoft protests the idea of Android and Windows living together in one machine, Intel has given the concept its blessing and has even come up with a way to switch between the two platforms in a matter of seconds. Unlike the BlueStacks method that AMD is backing, the Android side of things runs natively on an x86-based chip which, we imagine would bring great performance increases on machines running Core i5s or Core i7s. While we’ve yet to hear from Google on the matter, we doubt that they have a problem with this, and if Intel were able to stand up on stage and announce such a thing we can only assume it has Google’s blessing. After all, the more machines running Android, the more people will be using Google’s services, which we’re sure Mountain View we just love.

It’s clear that the PC industry has been struggling to stay relevant in the face of tablets and smartphones so, these hybrid machines that offer the best of desktop and mobile, could be a shining light for PC manufacturers the world over. It’s certainly not going to set the industry on fire just yet but, with the ability to create not only new and interesting designs, such as the Transformer Book Duet but, also the Google services people have grown to love with the desktop capability of Microsoft’s Windows.