Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jan 2014 19:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry's efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may be the launching pad for a new push - a new brand of computer that runs both Windows and Android.

Sources close to the matter tell The Verge that Intel is behind the idea, and that the chipmaker is working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices that could be announced at the show. Internally known as "Dual OS," Intel's idea is that Android would run inside of Windows using virtualization techniques, so you could have Android and Windows apps side by side without rebooting your machine.

I'm going to make a very daring prediction, that is sure to send ripples across the entire industry: this is not going to turn the tide for the PC.

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Why not ChromeOS
by cmost on Sat 4th Jan 2014 23:02 UTC
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Android is (at least currently) ill-suited to a role as a desktop OS and isn't in the same league as Windows on a traditional desktop. It lacks windowing and has only rudimentary hardware support for peripherals. While full-fledged Linux would be well suited to such a role, many people hear the word "Linux" and immediately think geekware! A much better option would be to simply dump Windows altogether and supply new light-weight desktops (super thin AIO types) with ChromeOS. Google's new tech darling has already proven itself to be a dark horse running because it has sold well over the holiday shopping season compared to comparable Windows systems. It also feels like a more traditional OS compared to MacOS or Windows. Of course it lacks touch, which is most certainly why OEM's are choosing Android instead. The best of both worlds would be for Google to quickly advance ChromeOS by making it touch capapble and adding a layer that would allow the tens of thousands of Android apps to run natively. Then I suspect Microsoft will really have something to worry about!

Edited 2014-01-04 23:08 UTC

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