We’ve seen a few dual-booting devices in the past. Most notably there was Samsung’s hard-to-find ATIV Q, which runs a full version of Android inside Windows 8, while a similar device from ASUS was recently spotted at the FCC and is expected to debut at CES next week. However, a new report from The Verge claims we may see more than a few Android-Windows computers unveiled at the Las Vegas trade show.
According to the usual anonymous insiders, Intel has been pushing the idea of what it calls “Dual OS,” which just happened to be the name of the app installed on the ATIV Q to launch Android. However, unlike Samsung’s tablet, which let you switch back and forth between the two operating systems, Intel’s new Dual OS devices would actually be able to run Android and Windows apps side-by-side.
If Dual OS catches on it could mean huge profits for Intel, since the chip-maker would presumably be the only company manufacturing processors that can support running Android apps on Windows. The OS combination could also be great for consumers, solving Android’s productivity problem while, at the same time, offering mobile apps to a full desktop system. Dual OS would also get Google’s software running on even more devices, though apparently the company is worried about fragmentation and may actually block the new tablets and laptops from using its services, including Google Play.
As for Microsoft, the software giant has an obvious reason to fear Dual OS. If Windows users have easy access to Android apps there will be little incentive for developers to port their applications to Windows. The company is reportedly pressuring manufacturers to pull their new products just days ahead of launch.
Whether we’ll see Dual OS devices at CES next week is unclear. It seems all but certain that some companies, namely ASUS, are determined to unveil Android-Windows products in Las Vegas. Then again, if both Microsoft and Google are pushing against the idea we doubt Intel or any other company will be able to make it happen.