Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jan 2014 22:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Also from CES:

On stage at CES today, Jonney Shih proclaimed his company's new Transformer the world's first 4-in-1 device. By that he meant that it's a Windows laptop and tablet as well as an Android laptop and tablet. This new 13.3-inch slate transforms both physically and virtually thanks to the company's new dual-OS setup. A quick switch of three or four seconds is all that's required to morph you from the Windows 8 environment into the familiar Android UI and vice versa.

And all this is actively promoted and supported by Intel. So, Microsoft creates an operating system that is supposed to be both desktop and tablet operating system. However, nobody wants it. So, Intel and PC makers confuse everything even more by... Adding Android to the mix? What?

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przemo_li
Member since:
2010-06-01

planet Earth.


One is ruler supreme on desktop. Other is absolute in mobile.


Actually it make much sense for all-in-one | two-in-one | other-hybrids-desktop-mobile-here. For day to day "desktop" usage just use Win. For mobile (like display that after detaching become tablet) use just Android part.


And people who will buy such stuff will want both worlds. They will know Win, and they will know Android.


Actually Win only here is more confusing. Cause its so different from Android in mobile!!!

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Actually it make much sense for all-in-one | two-in-one | other-hybrids-desktop-mobile-here. For day to day "desktop" usage just use Win. For mobile (like display that after detaching become tablet) use just Android part.


The immediate issue I see that's gonna ruin this whole approach is...lack of interoperability and cooperation. I mean, you go and download your e-mails under Android, you hack out a draft and intend to return to it later. Later on when you have more time to use you open up Windows, go and look at your mails and... the draft isn't there. Well, what the fuck? That's totally confusing for most people. Or what about bookmarks? History? Your photos and albums?

Even if Android and Windows both utilized a portion of the storage media that's formatted in e.g. FAT32 the problem would still be that you have to duplicate a lot of the work on both operating systems since they do not share almost anything. Your files may exist and be accessible on both OSes, but unless you have the exact same software on both of them it's likely that you're just looking at confusion and frustration when working with them.

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woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Considering that most people who use Android will be using google services, that kind of syncing is trivial.

It's also extremely easy to have the /User/Username folder be shared between them, so as to give the android portion access to *everything* on the windows partition.

Chrome and firefox autosync, most users have swapped to webmail, or use corporate platforms which can be used on multiple platforms easily enough.
It's now nowhere near as much of an issue as it would have been even 3 years ago.

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Wodenhelm Member since:
2010-07-16

I can see that being resolved by making use of a separate, mountable storage partition, that either OS will automatically mount upon booting. The same music/pics/etc will show up for both.

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Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

Symlinking/bind mounts on Android to mount windows folders on the Unix filesystem tree. Easy enough problem to solve. I do something like this already with my RAID-6 fileserver.

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p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

+1
That was the first thing on my mind.

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