Android and Windows aren’t really what you’d call friends, but processor developers Intel and AMD seem to think that the two belong together.
In the latest effort to breed some sort of hybrid, AMD has teamed up with BlueStacks to develop a way to run Android on Windows. BlueStacks has already created its own software that runs Android applications and games on Windows and Mac machines, but this new solution will virtualize the entire OS. AMD may not be a player in the mobile space, but it’s Intel’s biggest competitor when it comes to Windows PCs and laptops.
Unlike the dual boot solution proposed by Intel, AMD opts to run Android from within Windows, much more akin to a traditional application. The biggest benefit here is that there’s no wait time for your device to switch operating system, no need for hard drive partitions, and you can still run all of your Windows software at the same time as having access to a complete Android platform. That’s far more useful than having to pick one over the other. You can see it running in realtime in the video below.
AMD is aiming to bring the technology to two-in-one tablets and laptops, but availability of the Android virtualization software will be rather limited. The technology will only be supported on AMD’s APUs rather than its full range of CPUs, with the fourth generation Kaveri chips being the first to run the software. This is probably to ensure hardware compatibility, as APUs contain both CPU and GPU components.
Android/Windows hybrid devices could well be a trend set to unfold in 2014, but I’m worried that AMD’s solution may struggle along with the declining Windows market.