Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 09:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Samsung has just announced one of its latest laptops: the Ativ Q. It dual-boots Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8 in a 13.3-inch device with a super high-resolution display running at 3200 x 1800. Samsung has bundled in its S Pen stylus in a magnesium device. It looks like Acer's Aspire R7, but it's .55 inches and 2.84 pounds so it feels a lot lighter. The Ativ Q has a unique feature that lets it switch to Android from within Windows 8. It appears to be an application that virtualizes the Android experience, with an app pinned to the Windows 8 Start Screen that launches straight into Android. It runs fullscreen, but it's not usable it you try to snap it to the side and continue using a Windows 8 app." Do these dual-operating system things ever sell? It does illustrate how Windows OEMs are struggling with the fact that people don't want Windows 8 - they have to tack Android on there to lure people.
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RE: The Trend Continues
by vaette on Tue 25th Jun 2013 12:55 UTC in reply to "The Trend Continues"
vaette
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Would be rather unsurprising if Dalvik Android apps became some sort of lowest common denominator for apps on new platforms, the Android stack on that level is a pretty separable and manageable piece of software.

In this case Samsung appears to virtualize the full Android, but that is probably more heavy-handed than necessary if one is willing to give up native applications (which is not a great loss since the Ativ is x86 and therefore isn't a good place to be for most native android apps either way).

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