A tablet or netbook with the ability to dual-boot between various versions of Windows and Android is not an entirely new concept, but it is one that has not become exceptionally mainstream. According to a number of sources, Intel might be looking to change that perception at this year’s CES with the announcement of several devices with such capabilities. The only problem? Neither Google nor Microsoft seem all the keen on the idea.
With Windows PC sales already on the decline, Intel sees the addition of Android as a way to raise consumer interest, though other manufacturers doing just that have seen mixed results in the past. Aside from being generally clunky devices, dual-boot systems typically settle for compromises in implementing both Windows and Android. The result is a device not especially tailored to either operating system. Intel could improve on this with their current breed of CPU and x86-optimized versions of Android, but it still might be a reach.
As for Google and Microsoft, reports are stating the the latter is actively attempting to convince partners to nix Android from the devices they plan to show at CES. Google could take an even more proactive approach refusing to certify such devices for use with Google Play and other services. \
As The Verge notes, the introduction of hybrid devices from Intel at CES is sure to generate headlines, and that might ultimately be the goal. The actual success of such a device, or it’s ability to salvage a slumping PC market, could be fleeting if history is any indicator.
[via The Verge]