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CES 2014: Intel announces dual OS Android and Windows platform

Intel’s new initiative will see future products switching between Android and Windows seamlessly.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show Monday, Intel demoed its dual OS platform that brings Android and Windows together in a single device. Switching between OSes would be seamless, Intel claims, with the switch from Windows mode to Android taking less than ten seconds.

Asus made a similar announcement at its keynote earlier on Monday, where it claimed that users of its Transformer Book Duet will be able to switch between Windows and Android in less than five seconds.

While there have been instances in which Android was available on Windows, most of those featured an emulated version of Android, like the one available through BlueStacks. In addition to dual OS functionality, Intel has announced a Device Protection Technology that is said to assist Android tablets running Intel hardware meet enterprise security standards. Intel has also mentioned that McAfee would be branded as Intel Security going forward, and that it would introduce a new payment structure for its antivirus solutions.

AMD has also announced a similar dual OS functionality for devices running AMD hardware. AMD is collaborating with BlueStacks in offering a full-fledged version of Android alongside Windows. The Android version within Windows is run on a discrete ARM core that AMD is including in its new processors, which should run Android code natively.

Currently, details are scarce on what devices will come with this feature.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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