Intel confirms Dual OS: Windows and Android under one roof

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 7, 2014


At tonight’s CES press conference Intel officially confirmed its Dual OS initiative. In short, the idea is to put Windows and Android together onto Intel-powered devices, particularly tablets and laptop convertibles.

Putting Android on a Windows machine isn’t anything new, but most attempts have involved some form of emulation. The Dual OS approach supposedly does not feature Android running on top of Windows, or vice versa. Furthermore, switching between the two platforms only takes around 10 seconds or so. If this sounds familiar, that’s because we already saw a Dual OS device earlier today, the Asus Transformer Book Duet.

So why put Android on a desktop-class machine? Windows is still generally preferred for things like business programs, hardcore gaming and other traditional PC activities, but Android is really better on the go and for casual purposes. Having both operating systems means you don’t have to make any sacrifices, at least in theory.

It’s still unclear how well the Dual Boot concept will actually work. For one thing, there will be two seperate operating systems to deal with, which might be confusing for some users. There’s also potential security issues, though Intel has announced a new “Intel Device Protection Technology” that it says should help further protect these devices and help them meet corporate standards for enterprise level security.

Details on how the Dual Boot technology works or what all devices will end up using it are still pretty scarce at the moment, but we’ll likely learn more throughout CES and even in the months to come.

What do you think, does it make sense to marry Android and Windows? Intrigued or do you think that the idea will ultimately prove unsuccessful?

  • philnolan3d

    I’d rather not dual boot. I want to have Android apps running in Windows. And not in a window running full Android inside it.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Yea. Last time I heard about it (Android apps on Windows), I was very excited. Having dual boot just… sucks.

    • MrMagoo

      I would love to see where it goes! Right now there’s a new system coming out that involves a dual boot for the soul purpose of playing games. The Steam OS. This is because of how lite the OS is compared to Windows, in that the hardware will be able to work harder toward the Game itself. Android is also much lighter than Windows. I can only imagine what the Antutu benchmark would look like on Core I7, 8 GB RAM, and an In Invidia GTX 780ti graphics card! I know not all people care about this, but the gamer market out there is huge!!! My guess is 150,000+ or so.

    • MSmith79

      I want the opposite. Give me some of the necessary Windows Programs running in Android. I’d love to ditch Windows altogether.

  • Guest123

    I’ll pass on Windows. . . and I’ll pass on Intel inside my mobile device.

    • Chris

      I hate to say it… but I agree.

      • endy

        Me too

  • gils001

    I wonder if this is going to hog up resources and slow down anything running it…?

  • felix

    I support Intel initiative.
    People will have more choice, and it will push competition further.

  • amberfall

    So, to put it into conclusion:
    – Put Android on a desktop-class machine
    – Onto Intel-powered devices.

    I love Android for ARM-based mobile device. And I don’t mind seeing Android on powerful x86-based desktop pc.

    As for implementation, I don’t really care. I prefer to run full Android environment inside Windows (through emulator). That way I can do true multitasking between Android & Windows.
    But if dual boot is the only way (for legal or performance reason), then let it be.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Hahaha silly Intel. No one in their right mind wants WP on their device :D

    • APai

      i’d like to introduce a good sorted out version of android on the desktop, and slowly ease MS out of the desktop!

      • Luka Mlinar

        I wish this was an option for me. I need my Photoshops and other similarly demanding programs. But i guess my moms next laptop could be an Android one.

        • APai


  • abazigal

    So now we have twice the problems…?

    But in all honesty, I don’t see this working. I installed Windows on my Mac. In theory, I would use my Mac for work, and boot to windows whenever I wanted to game.

    In reality, it turned out to be more trouble than it was worth to boot up Windows, not to mention the hassle of maintaining two OSes.

    I think what will happen is that users will simply end up favouring one OS over the other. They will use one more often, while neglecting the other.

  • endy

    We would not need this if:
    1. Windows was complete OR
    2. Android could replace Windows

    For me, number 2 is reality…so I don’t need dual boot. Give me Android and say goodbye to Windows.

    Regarding dual boot, Windows has the most to lose and Android has the most to gain. That’s why Microsoft refused to also put Android on their Surface as dual boot.

    The final sign of their defeat is when MS releases Office (or at least Word/Excel) for Android.

    • APai

      as with any dual boot device – if they have an equivalent of grub or a bootloader with configurability- we could simply boot straight to android.

    • Guest123

      I’ll be going all in on Android within the next month or so. . .

      Hell, Android is further along than my first laptop back in the early 90’s and better than win 95 and I did just fine with those :)

  • APai

    no harm in trying i guess ? this would be a complete laptop for example. chromebooks are good as a niche, but this would go further

    • MrMagoo

      I agree! The world of computers, tablets, and technology, is in a big state of confusion! There are a lot of options for people and there are a lot of people out there that are skeptical of change in any way and would in many cases not even give something new a chance. This kind of thing will put things in peoples hands that might not, in any instance, have given it a try. Very dangerous for Microsoft, very dangerous indeed!

  • MasterMuffin

    Intel device protection technology? I hope it isn’t just a renamed McAfee

  • Madasu Praveen

    I am enjoying similar Dual OS system with DuOS ( from American Megatrends (provider of AMI BIOS) . Because of
    great performance it feels like having native android.