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Console OS promises easy Android dual-booting for your Windows PC or tablet

Console OS is a new Android 4.4-based fork designed for making Android a better experience on the desktop, while also making it possible to switch back and forth between Windows and Android in as little as 10 seconds.
June 12, 2014

There have been countless attempts to bring Android over to existing Windows devices in recent years. This includes emulation software attempts like BlueStacks, WindowsAndroid and even manufacturer projects that bundle Windows and Android together with efforts like Intel’s failed DualOS platform.

All of these efforts have at least one thing in common: they are rather limited. For DualOS the limitation has more to do with corporate politics, while the former solutions like BlueStacks are somewhat buggy or don’t provide the ‘full’ Android experience. If you are truly looking for something better, up-and-coming Console OS promises to be the alternative you’ve been looking for.

At the moment, Console OS isn’t yet available but it is working to secure funding via KickStarter. To get in on the action, you’ll need to pledge at least $10, which will get you the Console OS software with free upgrades for life. You’ll also get voting privileges for deciding what devices you want Console OS to support.

The startup promises an Android 4.4-based fork that lets you toggle easily between Windows and Android

As for what Console OS does? The startup promises an Android 4.4-based fork that lets you toggle easily between Windows and Android, giving you an option that will run either as a secondary OS alongside Windows (or Linux) or as a standalone OS. While the desktop-optimized fork won’t run Google Play (at least not without tinkering), it will support third-party stores like the Amazon AppStore.

Console OS’ creators claim the platform will work with many Intel-powered Windows tablets like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, and several laptop/desktop PCs. The platform will also work both with touch or the mouse/keyboard, and reportedly runs smoother since it doesn’t need to virtualize anything.

Console OS sounds like an intriguing idea, but it’s not without limitations of its own. For one thing, there’s no Google app support. For another, only a select number of devices will be supported from day one. Still, if you’re interested in the idea of running full Android on your x86 hardware with the ability to switch back to Windows in as little as 10 seconds, this project might be worth your consideration.

For more details on Console OS, you’ll want to hit up their official Kickstarter page.