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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Android is a mobile OS, not a desktop or laptop OS. Its paradigm is fundamentally different. Windows 8 sucks so much precisely because Microsoft tried to mobile paradigms on a PC. How is using an OS that is designed only for mobile devices rather than trying to be for both going to help when the target is a PC? I don't see how this really solves anything.

This is big news, because it shows a lack of faith in Windows and the fact that PC vendors are looking to find ways to make the PC do better in spite of the stupidity that is Windows 8, but if you're selling a PC, put a PC OS on it. To be honest, at first glance at least, what they're doing sounds stupid. Maybe it somehow makes sense, but IMHO, if you have a PC, it should run an OS designed for a PC, and if Windows doesn't cut it anymore, your primary options are Mac OS X and Linux, and since Mac OS X is restricted to Apple devices, that means that you're only real option is Linux.

So, it could make sense if they were dual-booting with Linux, but Android? Not so much. It's like they're trying to be schizophrenic about paradigms like Windows 8 is but with dual-booting thrown in.

About the only thing about this that makes sense to me is that if you're going to be stuck with an OS designed for mobile devices on your PC, you might as well go with a good mobile OS rather than Windows 8. But the real solution is to use an OS designed for the PC.

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allanregistos Member since:

So, it could make sense if they were dual-booting with Linux, but Android? Not so much. It's like they're trying to be schizophrenic about paradigms like Windows 8 is but with dual-booting thrown in.

Putting Anroid make much more sense to them even though it doesn't make sense for Android to be a Laptop/Desktop's OS, that is because of Android's momentum. Anroid apps run full screen and so Windows 8 apps, therefore Android apps will run on Windows 8 in the same way Win 8 native apps, users won't notice the difference.

Basically, you have Windows 8 that is as crippled as Chrome OS unless you run previous versions of Windows applications to make your life productive on Windows 8, because as per Windows 8 TV ad shows you, the only app they showed was a useless drawing app.

It means also that Windows 8 is relevant only, because it has the name Windows on it, not that it is better than Windows 7 in terms of user experience. Intel saw this opportunity to create a better way to merge Android apps into Windows 8. Microsoft needs to thank Intel for doing this, because, from a user perspective, Windows 8 have tons of apps overnight. Win8 apps are basically the same as Android apps in terms of user experience. Users do not care if they run Android or native applications on Windows as long as it will work for them.

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ricegf Member since:

Interesting. One potential problem is whether those Android apps "feel" native, or like they are running in an entirely different virtual machine on top of Windows.

I'd be surprised if they pulled this off and make it compelling, but I've been surprised before.

As an alterate for desktops, Acer has an interesting new 27" 2560x1440 monitor that doubles as a (really big!) Android tablet. I scratched my head at first, but the idea has grown on me a little - kind of a "smart touch monitor" equivalent to a "smart TV", and as a bonus it provides a great environment for the monitor setup and configuration apps.

Would love to give it a try sometime. In sufficient volume, I suspect Android would add little to the cost of a touch monitor, so it would only have to appeal to a portion of the market to be eventually included by default.

Certainly a bold and creative idea - which often equals "crazy" and occasionally "game changing". :-)

Edited 2014-01-04 16:14 UTC

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