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Asus Transformer Duet running Windows and Android reportedly killed (by Microsoft and Google)

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I hope you liked my video preview of the Asus Transformer Duet recorded at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, because you won’t be seeing the actual laptop for sale. Reportedly bowing to pressure from both Microsoft(s msft) and Google(s goog), Asus is scrapping plans for the dual-boot touchscreen laptop that can run both Windows and Android. Sources familiar with the matter shared the information with the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

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Here’s a look at the device, which I found promising during a few minutes of hands-on demonstration time. Asus and Intel(s intc) actually made it simple to quickly switch between operating systems:

The laptop itself was a hybrid device, meaning that you could remove the display and use it as a touchscreen tablet — perfect for Android as needed, of course, but also for Windows 8.1, which is Microsoft’s touch-friendly desktop operating system. Alas, it’s not meant to be.

The WSJ suggests that competition between Microsoft and Google was the primary reason that the two companies pressured Asus to squash the product. Clearly, Windows Phone is in direct competition with Android on mobile devices. And although it may not seem as if the duo compete on the desktop, I’ve noted for nearly a year that Google’s long-term Chrome and Chrome OS strategy is a shot at Windows and Apple’s(s aapl) Mac OS X as well.

While consumers lose out with one less interesting choice in the market, the bigger blow may come to Intel. Its chip and technology were used to showcase the Transformer Duet in January as the device was part of Intel’s CES keynote address. The idea of a hybrid laptop that could be used for both desktop and mobile use was seen as Intel’s way to further boost its mobile presence. Now, thanks to two major software companies with a large amount of influence, Intel will have to find another way to make gains in tablets.

3 Responses to “Asus Transformer Duet running Windows and Android reportedly killed (by Microsoft and Google)”

  1. You’re all just dumb. It’s called Bluestacks, which is:

    ANDROID (hello!)


    WINDOWS (dude, did NOT see that coming!)

    Microsoft and Google spend billions on intel n missed this?


    • Nexogen

      Yes exactly, it’s bluestacks, which can run on any notebook. I was disappointed when I found out it was bluestacks anyways. Bluestacks is not a full version of android, it runs the entire android os in a virtual box instead of traditional android which sits on top of the virtual machine (middleware) and translates java to machine code to android based set architecture. Originally I thought this device had both Android and Windows set architecture impented into one beast of a machine. Nope, it’s Windows based architecture that was rendered “compatible” with android but still android would be confined to the virtual box which is a joke, only used for developers to test applications on using their Windows system, I know, I have bluestacks on my HP notebook, and it is rather useless If your looking for a true android experience, Windows will always be running in the background and the virtual box confines the android os, you can’t do much on it, and the bluestacks ui looks like the kindle fire or nook, displaying apps on shelves and you can’t change the ui, no drop down menu either, it is just shelves with android apps, that’s it. So many would have been disappointed and it would have made android look like a joke. But if anyone wants this device that was taken off the market, simply purchase an Asus notebook or any notebook and download the correct JRE, and add bluestacks and there you have it, a hybrid lol not! To give it a more authentic feel grab the notebooks that let you disconnect the screen as a tablet while running blue stacks. After about 3 minutes, most will close bluestacks and pick up their real android tablet

  2. Steven Pilipow

    Wow! I would have loved that! Maybe a little hard to install a custom Rom, but would have done everything I needed. What a shame :-\ I knew Google shouldn’t have even tried to do a partnership.