Intel’s secret weapon: PCs that seamlessly run both Windows and Android


It seems that Intel is working on new hardware that could run both Windows and Android at the same time — without the need to reboot or partition to use either operating system’s software or apps.

The idea, which is being called Dual OS right now, is similar to an idea Samsung has been working with in their Ativ Q, which is a laptop which runs Windows , but is also able to bring up Android through an app. There are also rumors that Asus is working on a product like this as well.

Having both OSes on the same computer and being able to use them side by side or in a way that offers easy transitions is definitely an interesting idea. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like Windows or Google are that fond of it. One of The Verge’s sources claims that “they each have their sensitivities to this.”

“Microsoft does not want this to happen,” Patrick Moorhead said Moorhead works as a principal analyst for Moor Insights and Strategy. “This sends the wrong message to  developers.” He goes on to add that Microsoft could make things difficult for the Dual OS to become a reality. “Just imagine what this is like right now,” he said. “You can just imagine the pitch: anything we pay money for or reduce your sticker license may be gone if Microsoft is against it.”

“[PC Plus] could get millions of consumers more comfortable with Android on PCs,” Moorhead also added. “Just imagine for a second what happens when Android gets an improved large-screen experience. This should scare the heck out of Microsoft.”

I personally have my own reservations about this. No, not because I don’t think it is possible; in fact, I think it is very possible, as proven by BlueStacks. Rather, I question the usefulness of Android apps on desktop computers and laptops… especially non-touch ones. Android apps are designed for use on mobile devices, I just can’t see how they will be too useful on non-mobile devices. Games are just about the only thing I feel that would work in this scenario.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

[via The Verge, Fox News, Computer World, Time, image via closari’s flickr]

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