Many people dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on the same PC they use. However, booting Android and Windows on the same mobile instrument was a future keenly awaited. Android being an Open Source Kernel, allows developers to create their own custom hybrid model, whereas Windows is a standard operating system which has come a long way since its Windows 8 launch, and Its user interface is both mobile and tablet friendly.
The dual boot technology has been ventured into the tablets by Micromax and Asus. They bring both Windows 8.1 and Android on the user’s palm. This type of technology was previously seen on Viewsonic and Azpen which had Windows 7 and Android on the same device. Below is the brief of each device:
- Asus launched a device named Transformer Book Duet which is a tablet plus laptop whose operating system can be switched between Windows 8.1 and Android with one touch of a button. Packed internally is an Intel i7 Processor, 4GB of RAM speed, and 128 GB of internal storage. It also has a detachable keyboard which houses 1TB of internal memory additionally. It has a display resolution of whopping 1920×1080 pixels.
- Indian firm Micromax, on the other hand, launched LabTab which has a similar dual boot technology of Asus. It is powered by Intel Bay Trial – M Processor, along with 2MP front camera, and memory space of 32GB or 64GB. It also includes a wireless keyboard.
- In 2011, Azpen introduced two tablets running on Windows 7 and Android 2.2, one with 16:9 (10.1 inch) and other with 4:3 (9.7 inch) display screens and a 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Though the products are still available, we believe that their high price did not make them one of the favorites.
- Viewsonic released Viewpad Intel Prime Trial – M Processor in the year 2011. Though the product was discontinued it had Windows 7 and Android with 32GB internal storage and capacitive touch screen.
There are also products like Samsung ATIV Q, which use the Dual OS (operating system) application allowing users launch and access Android OS virtually on the Windows platform.
If rumors are to be believed PC giant Lenovo, which released Yoga Tablet recently, will also be launching a dual OS tablet.
The chip manufacturing giants Intel and AMD have both commented that they shall be releasing technology products individually for the dual operating systems for their clients who manufacture tablets and mobiles. While Intel will manufacture faster and better performance processors, AMD in partnership with BlueStacks, a virtual Android OS platform provider, will help run Android application on Windows PCs.
Though there are various advantages and disadvantages of dual boot operating systems and virtual platforms, it depends primarily on the battery back-up power and the processor speed.
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