Intel to bring Android and Windows in the same computer

By | January 4, 2014

Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week can be used as a launchpad by chipmaking giant, Intel

As a new push to better the slumping PC market, Intel is all set to announce a new brand of computers that runs both viewsonic560Android and Windows. The chipmaker giant, who is behind this idea, is reportedly working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices. The announcement is expected at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

“Dual OS”, as the initiative is being called internally, would enable Android running inside of a Windows PC in a virtualized environment. This would allow users to run Android apps right alongside Windows program. Intel is likely to call this initiative “PC Plus” and is being seen as an effort to revive the sale and popularity of PCs. This is yet another try by the industry as their effort to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops has not been able to help the drastically slumping sale figures.

Not a novel idea

This would not be the first time that these two major operating systems are brought together. The difference here is that Android apps could run in a virtual machine inside of the Windows 8 environment, which makes it simpler for consumers. One of the early products to have offered dual OS is Asus Transformer Book Trio. It is a hybrid tablet which was launched in November, 2013. Samsung Ativ Q, a Windows 8 hybrid laptop that was equipped to run Android by simply tapping on an app is also in the fray of providing the dual OS feature. Furthermore, Windows users have also been able to run Android apps on their computer using software called BlueStacks for a few years now. The current version offer access to the Google Play Store BlueStacks as well. As of last May, BlueStacks has seen its Android app player downloaded more than 10 million times, which does suggest that the idea of Android inside Windows is able to entice the customers, but will it be able to hot sell the new PC cannot be guaranteed.

While Intel is all set to storm the CES, 2014 with this offering, people are expecting for something more to add to the buzz. With neither Microsoft nor Google on-board for the idea, tech-world is bracing up for an exciting announcement from Intel – something more than Android-Windows being packed up together.

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