Intel, AMD Bringing Android to Window Devices
The chip makers unveil initiatives at CES that will make it possible for users to run both OSes on devices without having to reboot.Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are both pushing initiatives that officials say meets a growing demand from business users and consumers alike: being able to run both Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android operating systems on the same devices without having to reboot. Systems already can run multiple OSes, but switching means having to shut one down and booting up the other, which can be time-consuming and place significant demands on processor power and storage capacity. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the chip makers unveiled efforts that will enable users to avoid those issues when moving from one operating system to another. During his keynote address at the show Jan. 6, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced the company's dual-OS strategy based its system-on-a-chip (SoC) products that will let users move from one OS to another simply by tapping on a button. For its part, AMD is partnering with BlueStacks, a software company backed by AMD that has been making technology that enables users to run Android in a Windows environment. Officials with both companies said their initiatives are aimed at addressing demands coming from OEMs and end users.
"There are times you want Windows, there are times you want Android," Krzanich said, demonstrating the technology on a new dual-OS Asus system, the Transformer Book Duet. "[Users] wanted more choice—Windows for some usage, Android for others. … Intel SoCs are the only ones that can offer that capability to seamlessly switch between OSes. You don't have to make a choice moving forward."