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Asus reportedly not pairing Android with Windows due to pressure from Google

Asus and Intel have been working together to combine two experiences - Windows and Android. This enables tablets and other form factors to run Windows and then Android, depending on which mode has been enabled by the user. Asus presented the TD300 at CES 2014, but now Digitimes reports that the company is postponing launch plans due to pressure from Google.

The new products with dual operating systems would benefit both Asus and Intel, but could run the risk of hurting relations with both (or either) Google and Microsoft. Redmond is looking to continue pushing its Windows OS with modern applications, but this move with Android could hamper any progress made due to consumers opting for the familiar Android experience while mobile.

Digitimes also notes that other vendors are looking at halting plans for dual OS hardware. We'll have to see how this progresses and what benefits will come of such products being released, but it's worth noting that this hasn't been confirmed yet.

Source: Digitimes; cheers, Guy Kh, for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
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  • Dualbooting on consumer focused products never made sense anyway.
  • Yeah. That just complicates everything. Why bother?
  • Average consumer do not want that...too much options for browsing, banking, face, chat and some pictures and email....
    Only one system is needed for that use...
  • Too complicate.
    Much unsimple.
  • UnWOW!
  • Lmao
  • Don't forget the new Nokia X forked Android devices tied to Microsoft services and their own App store. That could be the version of Android that ends up compatible with Windows devices, especially after Google seemingly pulled the pull on the direct version.  Remember Bluestacks? That seemingly abandoned software and concept could reemerge as a tie-in to that new, forked app store that Nokia/Microsoft are setting up. Not sure why they wanted to complicate things with the X, but there has to be more to that plan than we've seen so far.
  • I have never thought of using an OS that needs to be connected to the internet anyway. :P
  • I actually don't fault Google for this simply because the though of android near windows is annoying as hell to me. So this is onetime where google actually did something right for once.
  • Or...... Maybe they were worried about the comparison of OS's on one system :/
  • ^This
  • It is not "dual booting".
  • Crazy how Microsoft once dominated...wonder if they will ever regain the losses because it is in my opinion a much slicker OS!
  • microsoft still dominate the pc and laptop market, even windows 8 has greater marketshare than all the other stuff that in non ms.
  • I kind of doubt it, they're Windows Phone is actually showing signs of decreasing market share. Not only that, but some OEMs have just announced that they're pulling out of Windows Phone.  
  • Sorry but WP market share is not declining, that's just BS. Also Acer was never on board and never a concern to MS. Other OEM's such as Lenovo, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, Sony, Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), and Longcheer have all committed to new hardware so I'm not sure why anyone cares about Acer.
  • That's Acer being Acer, nothing new, and also weeks old. You linked to an article that doesn't even support two of your statements.
  • Another google planted story.
  • For Acer to pull out... they would first have to be in. This is why you have to be careful where you get your news from.
    Market share became stagnate for one month in the 4th quarter of last year, not exactly a decline. Recent data has showed that is no longer the case, and Windows Phone has resume the slow steady growth that it has had for the past year.
  • What is acer??
  • Acer is junk. That is what it is. Moron CEO guy too
  • Slicker? Good grief! Android doesn't even have a file system.  It's a toy, not a proper OS.
  • Having both on the same system is nothing but bad for Google and Android.
  • Agreed. Those two OS will taken to much storage which definitely not what customers want anyway.
  • Apparently, Google thinks differently.  They are really scared that the dual-boot machines will benefit the Windows growth and hurt the market share of the 'Android Only' devices.  MS should take note of this and aggresssivley encourge the OEM's to build dual-boot systems.  It can only help. The point is that the Android users all want to have a copy of full verison Office and the capability to run serious business apps on their tablets if all possiible.  The dual-boot systems will be very attractive for them. 
  • Looking at from another point if view, if this were true then this calls for anti-trust against GOOG.
  • Fuck you Google unlimited times.
  • Why wasting your energy to fuck them unlimited times. Got fuck a beautiful girl. Google is born fucked.
  • lol
  • "go fuck a beautiful girl"
    Not really a nice thing to say.
  • Dude chill.
  • Is this term fuck a girl right , I mean its rude
  • nice
  • Bro, with that sort of attitude from google, we don't give a f***.
  • Offensive language blocked, have nice day.
  • Ninja screwed he didn't had his day
  • : )
  • Google I suggest you stop acting like a whiny little bitch .
  • This clearly states ... Google is afraid from Microsoft and power... That Microsoft has the power to stop google... Anywhere.. Anytime...
  • Offensive language blocked, have nice day!
  • Google would be relegated to a 2nd class OS sharing time with Windows 8. It only shines with those who intentionally purchase an Android system.
  • even windows 8 marketshare blows away google attempts.
  • Pretty much anything you'd want to do, you'd find yourself using the Windows side of the system. Once you notice how gorgeous and responsive the Win8 apps are you can see why Google wouldn't want to be on the same system.
  •  Again, well said.
  • Interesting devices, Android to make fast and light operations (checking your mails, watch a video) and Windows for word processing of photo retouching. Google gets it and don't want his OS to be the second on any device.
  • Particularly since fast email checking can also be done in Windows. Most people would boot to windows. This is indeed more likely to hurt google. Unless its a power(app)user. But even they would boot to windows for desktop apps. Perhaps also getting modern apps. And so in the long run it would benefit microsoft more.
  • Google OS in a no-OS, it s completely useless.
  • I can do all those things on WP "fast"
  • I don't see how google OS is faster or easier at anything, except surveiling and selling you of course. You've gotta give them their props there.
  • Google is is faster to lag, and faster to annoy.
  • Google is slowly becoming the meanest company in the world.
  • Slowly?
  • I think they removed the "no" from "do no evil" some years back. ;)
  • Even chrome is dying slowly now booble. Internet explorer 11 and Mozilla Firefox kills it
  • Are you sure? Media outlets say chrome is very popular.
  • The "media" in today's world are paid spokeperson.
  • So Google does pay companies off then.
  • Obviously, internet explorer now is gaining back its recognition. Reserve Bank of India can run its applications only on internet explorer 8 and no other browser.
  • That might be because it is just government thing. I had to get some landsat images and believe me I had to get Java runtime environment from 5years back.
  • The NHS (that's the state-run, National Health Service in the UK) requires all its software to be compatible with IE6. It's because they haven't modernised in a very long time (and are in dire need of doing so).
  • they should also be able to run on ie11 also, didnt ms add some compatibility thing for ie8.
  • Yes. They do! Right now they are trying to stop the Microsoft purchase of Nokia.
  • Those who work with its internals (web developers) see that it's getting buggier and more inconsistent by the day. And market share was never as high as people thought, which is becoming obvious now that stat counters are filtering out pre-fetching of pages.
  • Very popular does not equivalent with the best in term of UX though :)
  • I use IE to download Opera and I don't like all other browsers. I hate Chrome ))
  • Opera is pretty much just another skin on Chrome nowadays.
  • The new version yes (15 I think), but not the v12 (12.16). It has nothing common with Chrome.
  • Google has "Done no evil" like Putin is "Protecting Russians in Crimea".
  • Well said.
  • Who is this Anus err sorry Asus anyway?
  • A lot of weird comments for this article.
  • I thought I was the only one that was thinking that.
  • Fuck google. selfish childish stupid kid on the block...
  • Copycats too. Except u tube i dint like anything of google. Microsoft should make a video search engine like u tube. I know it wont be that successful but will on the later run steal away some amount of market share from google. What Microsoft should do is make their video search engine and its official app and have it pinned to the taskbar of windows 8 pc so that no one will open browser to use google or u tube.
  • They need to pursue Vimeo a lot more.
  • Will not make sense youtube has gained alot of popularity like android.. Microsoft cant focus on such things now... Where windows os,rt and wp are their priority focus...
  • they need to let users make money from ads too.  id leave youtube in a heartbeat.
  • My friend tried to create a YouTube account and channel for the 1st time, ended up lost on Google+ instead. She was practically cursing throughout the entire process. She asked me for help and I told her to go to Vimeo instead. Just took her about less than 10 minutes to create a new MS email account and used it to sign up and login into Vimeo and uploaded her 1st video all by herself. YouTube used to be simple and great until Google bought it and totally f*d it up.
  • They need to make a Video Service and allow users to upload uncompressed video. That is the biggest complaint I hear about Youtube. Especially for videogames.
  • 100% right. One of the few big holes in an overall MS ecosystem.
  • Google didn't create YouTube anyway, they just bought it and then have been slowly ruining it since.
  • ^This Google created nothing, android was bought as well.
  • Google are really good at buying things with money made from advertising, adding advertising to the things they buy, and then repeating the cycle. Their only other major achievements are Search and Mail, and mail they're ruining. Docs and Drive aren't even close.
  • Microsoft already tried a YouTube competitor.   It was called Soapbox, it went nowhere, and Microsoft pulled the plug on it in 2009.
  • Offensive language blocked, have nice day!
  • What the f*** is wrong with you?!
  • I'm trying to help out Microsoft in taking the power away from Google. How bout yourself??
  • Offensive behavior denied and shot by firing squad, have nice day!
  • u made my day man, haha I was hoping u replied with that as I scrolled down..
  • Hey! That's my laptop :D
  • You give that back Rich. Stealing other people's notebook's. Shame on you.
  • LOL I can't stop laughing :D
  • I believe there will be no dualos on phone as well. Maybe only nokia X. Ms is doomed
  • Nokia x can be dual boot.... Coz google cant even break a shit of nokia and Microsoft...
  • It will never happen on phones because of the same reason as here. Google is scared that it will take users from their system when the users realize the benefits of WP and that they can do the same thing on it but easier and more simplified. Google is the only loser in this.
  • And what did Google can do about Nokia X? It used a forked Android, the one that open sourced. They don't have any power to do anything to Nokia X (and Kindle OS too).
    Although I agreed that dual boot on smartphones is even absurd compared to tablets. The storage will suffer from it.
  • I don't want to see hear or smell android any where near my devises.
  • Hear hear! My thoughts exactly
  • +2520
  • +920 +Surface
  • Google go fuck yourself
  • Offensive language denied, have nice day!
  • I want to test something ....
    ... Hmmm ...
    F*u*c*k :P
  • Trying to hide offensive comment was denied, have nice day!
  • Creepy google :):D
  • Google doesnt want consumers to see how laggy there os is. What happened to the open system Google?? lmao
  • Just Google chickin out.... Lollll
  • Good, it was a stupid idea anyway and would only hamper windows store app development. Besides why would anyone want crappy android on a laptop capable of running full windows?
  • Thanks Google for not letting them pollute tablets and laptops that's running Windows, with that miscoded vaste called Android...
  • Samsung showed ativq with android and windows 8 , but never went anywhere
  • Google probably stopped them. Just like how they stopped them from customizing android too much.
  • Google is scared to death, they fear Windows Phone
  • Yeah they fear Microsoft..... As u can see google haven't yet released a single app for wp8... While Microsoft releases app for ios and android... Example... Onedrive
  • Office
  • Your comment doesn't make any sense. First off, OneDrive is Microsoft, not google. Second, why DOES Android refuse to both add Windows apps and share a device with Microsoft? If they have the "superior" OS, they shouldn't care. But they do.
  • I guess u don't make any sense read my comment carefully and then post comments
  • Bummer.
  • Oh they scurred now
  • Good, i dont get the appeal anyway.
  • Gladdadam you absolutely right very weird comments indeed. Anyway I find this interesting in light light of Google's reluctants to accommodate there customers using windows phone it is a travesty.
  • Good! It's a win for Microsoft.         .. And no one likes malware out of the box.  XD
  • Lol, Google needs to be scared. Because no one is going to use chrome OS anyway. The only way this OS would have sold by the bucketloads was that if it were to sold alongside windows 8.
  • It going to suck for them when Microsoft gets a higher usage rate then they will want dual os lol
  • Google knows if they dual boot.... People who use android will experience windows and ultimately forget android... :)
  • Good. Google acting evil this time works in favor of what i think is best for Microsoft. I wish Google could do the same to the Nokia/Android heresy.
  • Nasty ugly google , Microsoft made you via internet explorer /Netscape and now you are ***** go die
  • Seems faster
  • because they know windows is more superior than android on PCs
  • Hell yeah, PC master race.
  • How is it that google can get away with so many things. They even caused fear in Asus. And I thought android was free.
  • Free ... If you use AOSP version that is. Once you tied in on Google Play licenses, it won't free anymore :)
  • Google.. PLEASE!!!
  • They ruined Youtube first, then this, what's next??
  • I actually don't fault Google for this simply because the though of android near windows is annoying as hell to me. So this is onetime where google actually did something right.
  • Why would they even use the Google fork of Android anyway, surely the Nokia fork of Android could be adapted to use on it or even Tizen seeing as Intel are part of the group developing it?
  • I'm not sure if dualbooting will ever be a good plan. But I find it very interesting to watch Google's reaction to it.
  • Lmao Asus just got bitched by google... Pretty much how apple linked alot of carriers for control over ios updated.
  • Wouldn't Google pressuring third party companies not to use two operating systems constitute anti-competitive behavior? Pretty sure MS tried this back in the day with either mac or Linux and got in some trouble for it
  • No. Because it's Google, not Microsoft. If this is Microsoft statement, those regulator eyes will set their eyes immediately :p
  • IMO. Google is scared to have Windows OS next to theirs as an option. Windows 8 is easier and more intuitive than that Android garbage they call OS. The average consumer will favor Windows 8 and never boot Android again.
  • OFF TOPIC: Hey rich... You should check this out.
    If you wanna play with Nokia X UI on your Lumia, then CLICK!
  • I never liked it anyway.
  • Inoffensive comment unblocked. Have a nice day.
  • Folks, it is just a business strategy. Not unlike what Msft has done in the past. What Google has done so far is working and the company has soared past Msft in company value (market cap anyway). Naturally I dislike Google's tactics but they are working. I even dislike their tactic with Chromecast but it is working like crazy. Most of my friends are now using Chrome as their default browser because if Chromecast. YouTube, Google search, Google maps, Android and Google+ are all powerful and compelling Google services that Msft is playing catch up with. It bothers me that Msft didn't react fact enough because those services are immensely popular in mobile. However we are where we are and Msft is trying to right their wrongs. This dual boot strategy was one approach. If this is in fact true that Asus and others are reconsidering their plans then Microsoft will just have to continue to innovate and gives us that product that we all just can't like without. Playing catch up is not a winning strategy, we do that to survive while it gives us time to innovate. I'm rooting for MSFT. BTW, it is easy for the average consumer to purchase a mobile device and not use a single Microsoft service. However, the same can't be said about not using a google service. Again, I am talking about the average consumer. I am personally Google free but for YouTube and chromecast. My goal is not t be Google free, I just want MSFT to create those services which the average mobile consumer just can't live without.
  • I can think of several reasons why Google does not want this to happen. 1. Market share perception. If this were to become common place Windows Phones and Tablets would be on par at a 1 for 1 count in the numbers game. 2. Why give the option of choice on the same device. Far to easy for folks to realize they can do everything in Windows they can in google and more. At this point Google rules market share for one reason and one reason only. They will allow android  to be installed on any device and take credit for the install.  How many of the 121 million Android tablets sold last year were the sub 50.00 units that are now in a drawer. Of the billion Smartphones sold how many of the 680 million androids were using current flavor of Android? Does google care not likely they see almost 1 Billion users for services between the two. Devices are a means to an end. When a device maker build an inferior device does google take the heat? No the problem lies with the device maker and imlementation. The rest of the players in the game have boundries and quality control so to speak. You know what you are getting across the board. Apple 5c could be considered an epic fail by Apple standards. Nobody wanted a cheap IPhone which was the perception of the device by much of the public. Nokia 520 was an Epic Slam Dunk because the perception was it was a quality phone at a fantastic price from the public. Point being these phones affected both Apple and MS directly. When Samsung, HTC or Sony have an issue with a device it is rarely blamed on Android or has any affect on Google directly. Allowing dual boot would be an insane move by Google. They have way to much to lose.    
  • Translation: We know having the two OSs on the same device will draw attention to Android's sub par UX
  • Phew. That was a good news.
  • Same here...
  • Google is a pussy, they must really fear people like Windows more than andriod
  • Dem dudes b hatin' doe! #howsmyslang? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • What does Android have (except the number of apps) that Windows doesn't? For me it's pointless to pair Android with Windows.
  • Yeah android is nothing except its play store. Windows has a lot of features par then android and has incredibly amazing and innovative features too.
  • Right were do I begin, more customizable, better notification system, you can root them easier, more developer's for apps etc........ besides asus makes the best selling android tablet the nexus. Why would google want them to incorporate both into one. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Are you trying to tell me that Android is more customisable, easier to root and has more developers than a Windows PC?
  • Root them easier? You sound it like a feature buddy. I agree with better customization and notification center(as of now). Those will be available to Windows phone, starting from next month(hopefully though). Those are better points but not apps and rooting. Apps is not a strong point as with nearly 8 million apps more than windows phone, Google made only 20 million more than windows phone store.
  • Dual boot sense aside, I wonder what Google is afraid of. If you are fully confident your OS is superior on mobile, then you say "Ok, use both. We think ours is better." Not so. Google doesn't want that comparison on one machine.
  • Also it's a huge door open for Microsoft in the Android dominated tablet space. Imagine if this became a trend... then most Android users would dabble with Windows 8 on touch screen and might make a decision on which they prefer effecting their next purchase.
  • Maybe now OEM's might start seeing how google.really is and put some effort into wp
  • Could ruin Microsoft and Google's relationship, That's a laugh
  • Laughing out load. That's a Good one.
  • Ninja plz language blocked have nice day.
  • Wow I am a little dismayed at the tenor of the comments here.
    First of all, everyone try to remember these guys aren't sports teams or schoolyard kids and none of these moves are "personal", for either party. It's business, and business gets mean and dirty and they play for money, meaning they play for keeps.
    Secondly, even as a MS enthusiast I wouldn't mind being able to side load and run Android apps on my Windows Tab. I already tried out BlueStacks for that very reason (it didn't work). I'd like being tied to the Play store a bit less, but that and deep ties to the rest of the Gapps suite by default are what is required in order to be blessed by Google and since that is problematic on a machine running 2 operating systems, that is likely the logjam here.
    You guys aren't obliged to act like Android doesn't have anything to offer just because you don't like Google-- there are lots of apps available and many of them are very good and not available on any Windows platform currently. Having them, even if you don't use them, is better than not having them.
    Now a dual-boot scenario is less awesome (significantly less) but all other things being approximately equal doesn't amount to a detriment, either, so let's not get all bent out of shape about this, OK?
  • If business gets mean and dirty, wonder why there are laws and regulations to prevent that. Besides, in case of dual boot, Gapps will not be affected at all as they will be running in Android mode and Microsoft services will be running only in Windows mode. But I agree with your comment on bending out of shape about this.
  • Interesting idea....but still really REALLY dislike Sroogle.....  
  • Just ship a Windows laptop with BlueStacks pre-installed.  Problem solved.
  • BlueStacks is a pretty shocking experience, to be fair.
  • Kinda glad tbh. I wouldn't want Microsoft to start getting the idea that Windows and Android work together, in case they start trying to do it on phones too...
  • Well f*ck you google! One more reason to boycott scroogle.
  • Hating google
  • The Microsoft OS rocks !!! Far smoot