Viewsonic to release a dual-boot Android/Microsoft tablet

Viewsonic plans to unveil two more combatants in the iPad-killing competition this year at the annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. According to Pocket-lint.com, Viewsonic will be releasing two tablets. The first one is the 7-inch ViewPad 7, an Android device with all the basic communications devices built-in (3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS), front and back cameras, and internal storage will be expandable via microSD. The second tablet is an as of yet unnamed 10-inch device that will dual-boot an Android OS as well as a Microsoft OS.

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Ever since Apple deluged the tablet world with their now-ubiquitous iPad, manufacturers are all scrambling to catch up and release the first “iPad killer.” This has become a well-rehearsed dance in the tech world for the most part; we saw the same exact sequence of events with the iPod and the iPhone. The iPod never really saw a challenger to the crown of portable media market dominance, and if it wasn’t for Google making their Android OS open-source and available to manufacturers to tweak and release, the iPhone likely would be just as dominant. Manufacturers today are hoping that Microsoft and/or Google will be able to produce a mobile operating system that can run on a tablet and effectively compete with Apple’s iOS. Viewsonic’s announcement of a dual-boot Android/Windows device is a testament to that hope.  

As Google prepares their version of Android for tablets (3.0, codenamed “Gingerbread”) and Windows 7 starts to see the light of tablet day, the showdown that will inevitably happen late this year will certainly be one to remember.  

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Meph said,
This is certainly clever, but it might not work if data can't be shared between the two OSs.

Now THAT is a good point, and rather important for a device like that. I know very little about Android, perhaps someone can shed some light there that does? Is this conceivable? I would say that for a consumer product this would be rather important.

Dessimat0r said,
No reason why it couldn't be instantly switchable between the two rather than requiring dual booting.

You could also run Android in Windows. But that'd be a power hog, I guess.

Dessimat0r said,
No reason why it couldn't be instantly switchable between the two rather than requiring dual booting.

The reason would be cost and size. Tablets have a lot of small components, if you put in more, the heat increases so you need better control for that (heatsinks/fans/etc). Running both systems the same time would most likely make the systems run slow, and ideally users would want a reasonable speed for their systems.

I suppose it was only a matter of time now that Intel has started get near the end of the tunnel on the x86 conversion for Android.

Of course, if it's hard to get a good user experience having a single OS, then I can only imagine it will become significantly harder with a second OS in the mix.

I'd honestly be pretty happy to see someone get a Windows 7 tablet running that works well with touch (no double clicking to launch programs from some sort of dock). As long as the browser worked well with a finger, which I doubt really happens as-of-yet, and the keyboard worked well (ergo, Office worked well), then they'd have a serious competitor for the iPad. I'd much rather make an app for a Windows 7 tablet than an iPad. The Windows 7 program could run on PCs, laptops and the tablet. This is similar to why I think the Windows Phone 7 actually has a shot, since the apps will run in a browser, and on the phone with little-to-no change. As long as the hardware does not disappoint, then I'm so-far a definite yes for the platform.

pickypg said,
(no double clicking to launch programs from some sort of dock)
AKA, Window 7's taskbar. That's the annoyance of working with Windows XP at work. I forget the joys of working with Windows 7 at home.

pickypg said,
This is similar to why I think the Windows Phone 7 actually has a shot, since the apps will run in a browser, and on the phone with little-to-no change. As long as the hardware does not disappoint, then I'm so-far a definite yes for the platform.

Windows Phone 7 games are gonna run in a browser? I highly doubt that XNA will run in any browser...

MFH said,

Windows Phone 7 games are gonna run in a browser? I highly doubt that XNA will run in any browser...
Probably not at first, but I have the feeling XNA will eventually.

Although, you're right, I was only referring to Silverlight and I did not think about XNA when I posted the comment.

pickypg said,
Although, you're right, I was only referring to Silverlight and I did not think about XNA when I posted the comment.

Silverlight doesn't need to run in a browser either

MFH said,

Windows Phone 7 games are gonna run in a browser? I highly doubt that XNA will run in any browser...

It will officially run on Windows and Xbox, and unofficially on iOS though...