Intel, AMD Bringing Android to Window Devices

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-01-08 Print this article Print

Users with AMD-powered devices running Windows 7 or 8 will be able to run an Android interface whether in a window on the device's desktop or in a full-screen mode. Users will be able to employ the settings, configurations and customizations they have on their Android-based smartphones and tablets, have access to apps in the Google Play store and be able to access files stored within the Windows file system while working in the Android environment.

AMD is simply giving users want they want, according to Clarice Simmons, senior marketing manager at AMD. Currently, Android is found on 52.2 percent of mobile devices in the U.S. market, and more than 80 percent of mobile phones worldwide. Meanwhile, Windows is run in more than 80 percent of desktop PCs.

"So what to do in a world where more everyday consumers rely on multiple platforms: a Windows PC at home, a second on their desk in the office or one in the laptop bag on their shoulder as they board a plane; an Android phone on the go and maybe a similar Android-based tablet as they sit on the couch," Simmons wrote in a post on the AMD blog site. "One obvious solution is to eliminate the gap between Windows and Android—give the people their favorite game app on their desktop right next to Microsoft Office!"

Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, said he's reserving judgment on the initiatives from Intel and AMD until the messaging and the demand for such capabilities become clearer and systems begin rolling out. Kay told eWEEK he generally understands what the chip makers are trying to do, but that he doesn't generally support the idea of multi-OS systems. There are always concerns, such as what happens when one OS is upgraded? Would that negatively affect how it works with the other OS?

In addition, the chip makers, OS vendors and OEMs need to make sure that everything in the systems and between the operating systems works well, from the messaging to the operation.

"It sounds a little like a kludge, and it would be experienced as a kludge if any of it doesn't work right," he said.



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