Dual OS support in Intel processors confirmed

Intel has confirmed support for running a dual operating system setup of Windows and Android on their processors at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas.

Just before CES, rumors had started coming in about multiple computers and tablets which featured the Windows and Android Dual OS combo reportedly known as "PC Plus" devices. ASUS launched its first Dual OS convertible, the Transformer Book Duet during their conference at CES just an hour before Intel took to the stage. The notebook-tablet hybrid runs Windows 8.1 or Android 4.2.2 in either mode and is powered by Intel processors up to Core i7. Samsung announced the Ativ Q last year which also was a Intel-based hybrid running the two operating systems, however, it is assumed to be using a different technology to carry out the functionality.

During Intel's own press conference, the company's CEO showcased the ease of use of running Windows and Android simultaneously. Intel has tried to make the transition seamless and one which requires just the push of a button. Built-in device protection is expected to prevent security breach while switching between the OSes or using the setup.

Although Windows has more productivity value than Android, casual apps and games remains to be its Achilles' Heel. With the Dual OS feature, manufacturers can expect to sell more portable devices to consumers who want to have the entertainment value brought by Android on the move.

Source: Gizmodo | Image via Gizmodo

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AMD is already offering something similar with Bluestack. So both Intel and AMD are in the "Dual OS" boat. And if it's at little to no cost to OEM, why not add it to the feature list?

It's not about saving energy or anything like that. It's just the convenience of having Android apps on your PC. And that could be a real blow to Microsoft as Devs won't make the effort to build better Modern/RT apps.

nub said,
Why is everybody ****ting over choice?
Because anything other than Windows to some people is very threatening.

nub said,
Why is everybody ****ting over choice?

Because this is worse than bloatware? It'll take up space and resources on your computer. If they must, they should let people CHOOSE which one to install, rather than have both installed.

nub said,
Why is everybody ****ting over choice?

Cause the choice aint Microsoft and ..... Microsoft. Some people here would prefer to die than buy a product not made by Microsoft. Just last week i've seen someone here say they would never buy any car from a company again if this company would start to use Android as the OS for their in-vehicle communicationm entertainment and navigation system even though the company is his favorite car company.

At this point someone should probably seek medical help imo.

JHBrown said,
Because anything other than Windows to some people is very threatening.

It is. While Windows is still by far the de facto standard and dominating force it has never been in such a "week" position since the glorious days of Windows 95. Windows will probably remain for a very very long time teh OS of choice for the corporate world but in the consumer world its position is a lot weeker than it used to be. It is selling more cause people buy more oem PC than they used to but it is attacked from many sides by Apple, Google, Valve and even AMD with Mantle.

Mr. Hand said,
So, if you criticize anything you're against choice?

The way people are going on here, absolutely.

Everyone is making assumptions, when there is next to no info on how this will actually work.

j2006 said,

Because this is worse than bloatware? It'll take up space and resources on your computer. If they must, they should let people CHOOSE which one to install, rather than have both installed.

If you don't like it you can CHOOSE not to buy it.

Biggest change and shift from last year is

Oem and consumers don't need Microsoft or windows , its other way around . Next 2 years be very interesting .

I remember when I was in school I learned to use PC on windows 95 and I was very excited and felt cool to use windows.

don't think kids at school these days or consumers share same view, they already using parents androids ,apples
This is Microsoft biggest challenge right now.

Sorry but this is worse than bloatware that OEMs install. It'll unnecessarily take up resources. If they must, they should let people CHOOSE which one to install, rather than have both pre-installed. Or, let the user choose it should uninstall the other OS. OR give them a choice to keep both. Having tried Android on a tablet before and being the resource hog it is, this is not good.

I think this is a fad idea that will die in due course, but you shouldn't worry about resources. The typical Android tablets have what, 32GB of storage? With the OS taking a small fraction of that? Path of least resistance suggests that most people will just pick the OS that does most for them. And with Windows store apps increasingly covering the "casual computing" role, it's only a matter of time.

Either way, it'll be interesting to watch.... maybe.

I don't get why people are so quick to dismiss the dual OS feature. This is a nice way to have a Android tablet and a Windows laptop in the same device. For people who want to travel with one device, or people who usually want a tablet but occasionally need a full desktop interface, this fits the bill nicely.

If it's implemented correctly, with the ability to switch quickly between OSes, I can see this being a useful product. The only downside I see is price. The Asus device really needs to come down $100-200 to be a good value proposition.

When I first installed Windows 8 RTM on my Acer W500 Windows 7 tablet I then installed Android X86 and I really did enjoy it more. Because the entire OS was made for touch, I was never dropped out to the desktop. That being said i'm not saying I want a version of windows EVER to be completely touch based.

And that is the thing about ModernUI - while it has better support for touch, it is no more biased toward touch than Android. While the vast majority of Android's apps ARE touch-biased, that comes from the majority of Android's hardware base (outside of VMs) supporting touch. I find BlueStacks (especially the latest update) extremely usable for casual Android gaming, and that's on not just an old Intel quad-core, but the original Intel quad-core (on which I am running Windows 8.1 ProWMC today). Why would it be any less usable on a quad-core Intel i-series AMD Fusion or A-series? If the performance is near-native, than a CPU in any of those categories (running Android) will have far more resources to throw at Android (and the apps thereof) than any Android tablet could ever come with affordably. What is the typical RAM loadout of an ARM-based tablet - regardless of whether it comes with Android or RT? i5s - regardless of formfactor - typically have 8GB of DDR3 as a base configuration. That means you can dedicate 2 GB to an Android VM/player and still have 6 GB for use by Windows. While DDR3 pricing has gone up, it's still not THAT pricey except in comparison to the Great DDR3 Glut pricing of less than two years ago - upgrading to 16GB (or even 24GB or 32GB, which is STILL Supremely Silly Territory) is not as expensive as you would think. And if you need the RAM you have dedicated, you CAN always shut the player/VM down (while BlueStacks is running, you can right-click on the apropos icon in the TaskTray and select Exit to shut it down).

Quibble, quibble, quibble.

What I don't get is why, they wouldn't try to dual boot chrome os and windows. With Android, you are still having to deal with version fragmentation with this.

The whole concept of running two operating systems at the same time is sort of lost on me. Is Windows 8 so inadequate as a tablet operating system that you have to run it side-by-side with something else? Is this an actual customer market?

With a few tweaks, you can get a hypervisor of your choosing to run just about any OS, including ARM, x64, etc. I run VMs of Android and Raspbian along side Windows and MacOS without much headache today.

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