For those waiting to buy a dual OS Windows + Android tablet, they’re likely in for an infinite wait, at least that’s how it looks for the time being.
Despite two of the tablet manufacturers that have developed really high-end dual OS tablets are Asus and Samsung, they have both been stopped in their tracks. And the issue seems to lie with both Google and Microsoft, since neither of them wants to give the other company the satisfaction. Microsoft have also been quoted in saying that it doesn’t want to support dual OS computers, so not just tablets but dual OS laptops as well, which means that even the dual OS laptops will have to cease production from now on.
The problem started in June last year after the formidable Samsung Ativ Q was launched. A 13.3-inch dual OS tablet with a 3200 x 1800 resolution display, Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera, specs that even put the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 to shame. But before we knew it the tablet just quietly disappeared. And all that could be heard in its place was an official mumble about legal issues.
So when Asus unveiled their dual OS tablet, the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 in January this year, we wondered what magic power Asus had that Samsung didn’t have. As it turns out, Asus didn’t have it either, so by the looks of it, until the two giants Microsoft and Google agree to cooperate, we’re not going to be able to get hold of either of these tablets.
So no WinDroid?
Strictly speaking there are two dual OS Android + Windows tablets that claim to be available on the market today, but these may not be tablets that meet your demands anyway, and who knows for how long these will be available.
Now, while it is possible in some cases to install two operating systems on one tablet on your own if you are tech savvy, or you can get a Blackberry Playbook to run Android apps, or you can even install BlueStacks to run Android apps on Windows PC’s and Mac’s, it still doesn’t cover what the dual OS tablet hopefuls were looking for.
So for now, this direction in tablet development have been blocked.
– Tom Bowen