Asus halts dual-boot devices after pressure from Google and Microsoft

March 14, 2014
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As you may expect, neither Google nor Microsoft are happy about dual booting devices. Both feel it takes away form what they have on offer, and has the potential to confuse customers. Asus had an Android/Windows device in the works, but has reportedly shelved it due to pressure form both Google and Microsoft.

The Transformer Book Duet TD300 was set to be a convertible device, switching from Windows notebook device to an Android clamshell tablet — or vice versa. The dual-booting device was set to go on sale the second half of this year, but Asus is now gun shy of running afould of two major partners. It straddles the line between OS, form factor, and direction. Asus cut their teeth in the PC business, but has since begun migrating to mobile devices while the PC sector shrinks.

Google’s Android is open source, but to get the apps that make it appealing, like Maps or Search, a device must have Google’s blessing. Similarly, Microsoft has recently changed their stance on device support, and will not acknowledge a dual-booting device. The difference is that Android is open while Windows — in any form — is not.

Asus will also discontinue sale of current dual-booting devices, two of which are currently on the market. A person familiar with the matter tells The Wall Street Journal Microsoft’s consternation here comes from ongoing patent disputes with various Android OEMs. Distancing themselves from Android is also helpful in staking their own claim to mobile with Windows Phone.


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  • jnevill

    It makes sense for Google and Microsoft to push back on these companies less Android end up like Ubuntu. Forever slated to be most people’s secondary OS. You know who needs a secondary OS? No one.

  • Keith Kowalski

    its good for consumers to not give them choices. we dont want to confuse anyone lol

  • snakedoctor828

    Well screw us huh!

  • Michael K

    Sigh, just get Bluestacks, awesome easy to use android emulator for mac and PC.

  • Cal Rankin

    I think that the Transformer Book Trio doesn’t count as a dual-boot device. It’s an Android tablet that has a keyboard dock with a full PC inside. You have a desktop and a tablet, and combining them gives you a laptop.