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  • Google Supposedly Pressured Asus to Cancel its Android/Windows Dual Boot-Devices


    The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, Asus, recently reported shelving plans to release a new Transformer tablet that would allow consumers to run both Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s Android operating systems on the same device after Google complained about the move. Google may have demanded the product’s cancellation due to concerns about giving Microsoft’s new foothold in the mobile device space according to Digitimes. For those of you who didn’t already know, Windows currently accounts for a minuscule fraction of the mobile device market and Google is probably looking to avoid a scenario in which its battle with Apple turns into a multi-front war.

    Google’s wishes may be at odds with the major Asus partner, Intel, whose Core-series processors power the device. Sales of such high-specced tablets would be good for Intel at a time when the pioneering chipmaker is struggling in the mobile space against devices running lower-power ARM processors.

    Asus unveiled the Transformer Book Duet TD300 back at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Users could choose which operating system they wanted to boot into using a key on the attached keyboard or with a virtual button in the customized Android installation. Intel was thought to have been ready to provide financial and marketing assistance for the tablet’s launch alongside the rest of Asus’s 2014 products.

    If the information turns out to be true, it won’t be the first time Google has helped to squash such a product. Samsung quietly canceled plans for its hybrid Ativ Q tablet last year and the folks over at Digitimes notes that Asus may not be the only company to bow to Google’s wishes.

    Source: Digitimes via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Supposedly Pressured Asus to Cancel its Android/Windows Dual Boot-Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. pulsecub's Avatar
      pulsecub -
      Just another example of why Google has gone off the rails and is not longer the "Do no evil" company...
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by pulsecub View Post
      Just another example of why Google has gone off the rails and is not longer the "Do no evil" company...
      Yup. Thankfully I've managed to purge my life of Google products. The only one I'm still on is Gmail and even that is getting on my nerves lately.
    1. c1972798's Avatar
      c1972798 -
      They have been making dual boot Windows / Android for years. I have a Netbook that boots Windows and Android and thats years old now.
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      I'm about frustrated with Google also, but I find it hard to ditch Android since I don't want to go to WP or iOS. iOS it just too restrictive and WP/Windows 8 is just awkward and Ubuntu Mobile and Firefox OS aren't proven enough yet. I refused to create a Google+ when Google decided to force it upon you with Youtube and will continue not supporting them but I do strongly agree they lost their ways of the "do no evil" moral.
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      I've been at odds with Google ever since that silly crap with RapGenius for removing them from their results for "cheating" while you have a million sites out there spreading absolutely nothing but hate. On top of that, one realizes the power that Google has in being the top search engine, and I saw that as a gross abuse of power that had absolutely no backlash from the public. Imagine if that sort of thing continues without backlash; Google effectively "punishing" people because they do something they don't agree with—and that thing that they don't agree with, that most terrible crime a person can commit, today, is "cheating?" That's scary.

      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      I'm about frustrated with Google also, but I find it hard to ditch Android since I don't want to go to WP or iOS. iOS it just too restrictive and WP/Windows 8 is just awkward and Ubuntu Mobile and Firefox OS aren't proven enough yet. I refused to create a Google+ when Google decided to force it upon you with Youtube and will continue not supporting them but I do strongly agree they lost their ways of the "do no evil" moral.
      Jailbreak.

      Besides, the only thing worth doing on Android that you can't do on iOS is customize themes, which is hardly "restrictive" and doesn't add much at all in terms of actual functionality. Over-/underclocking these devices has become rather useless now too. I actually find (rooted) Android phones far more restrictive than jailbroken iPhones.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Google leave my ASUS alone!
    1. c1972798's Avatar
      c1972798 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
      Jailbreak.

      Besides, the only thing worth doing on Android that you can't do on iOS is customize themes, which is hardly "restrictive" and doesn't add much at all in terms of actual functionality. Over-/underclocking these devices has become rather useless now too. I actually find (rooted) Android phones far more restrictive than jailbroken iPhones.
      A jailbroken iPhone is equal to a standard Android. A iPhone cant even come close to a rooted Android. Its at a whole new level of freedom.

      If you think a jailbroken iPhone is better than a Rooted Android then your doing it wrong.

      1 thing I love about Android is the ability to backup and restore to ANY firmware. I can upgrade or downgrade whenever I like. I can restore a backup of an old firmware then restore a backup of a new firmware and both work perfectly.
      There are very little restrictions on a rooted Android. Try restoring a backup on an iPhone to an old firmware, impossible, you cant.
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by c1972798 View Post
      1 thing I love about Android is the ability to backup and restore to ANY firmware. I can upgrade or downgrade whenever I like. I can restore a backup of an old firmware then restore a backup of a new firmware and both work perfectly.
      You can not only back up your device but restore it to an old version of software too???? Wow, no wonder there is so much hype around android

      /sarcasm
    1. camxposure's Avatar
      camxposure -
      pfsssst - next you guys will be drinking ****- when they say it's the NEW thing....

      ALL OF YOU ARE CONFORMISTS - now go make you a single brewed custom coffee - oh K
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by camxposure View Post
      pfsssst - next you guys will be drinking ****- when they say it's the NEW thing....

      ALL OF YOU ARE CONFORMISTS - now go make you a single brewed custom coffee - oh K
      Care to elaborate?
    1. kthalvorsen's Avatar
      kthalvorsen -
      Quote Originally Posted by c1972798 View Post
      A jailbroken iPhone is equal to a standard Android. A iPhone cant even come close to a rooted Android. Its at a whole new level of freedom.

      If you think a jailbroken iPhone is better than a Rooted Android then your doing it wrong.

      1 thing I love about Android is the ability to backup and restore to ANY firmware. I can upgrade or downgrade whenever I like. I can restore a backup of an old firmware then restore a backup of a new firmware and both work perfectly.
      There are very little restrictions on a rooted Android. Try restoring a backup on an iPhone to an old firmware, impossible, you cant.
      "With my rooted Android I now have a choice of ALL the anti-virus programs...."
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by slickric View Post
      You can not only back up your device but restore it to an old version of software too???? Wow, no wonder there is so much hype around android

      /sarcasm
      I can tell your Fanism has stuck you in one place. Being able to put a device back to a previous OS is an essential feature that Apple has prohibited its users from. What if the next ios is even worse than 7? what if you currently get great battery life with your current device and then the new upgraded ios drains the battery 50 to 70% more? What is an Iphone first? A phone, you should be able to return to the previous firmware so you can use the phone and not have a useless toy that needs to be recharged in less than 2 hours when it lasted 8 plus hours before.

      See the simple facts, Android beats ios in this every day of the week
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Yup. Thankfully I've managed to purge my life of Google products. The only one I'm still on is Gmail and even that is getting on my nerves lately.
      Lol how in the world has gmail gotten on your nerves? I'm laughing because I'm sure you'll come out with some ridiculous answer..

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Yup. Thankfully I've managed to purge my life of Google products. The only one I'm still on is Gmail and even that is getting on my nerves lately.
      Business 101... "Thankfully I've manage to purge my life".. Lol hilarious

      Quote Originally Posted by kthalvorsen View Post
      "With my rooted Android I now have a choice of ALL the anti-virus programs...."
      Virus on a mobile phone.. Oh I forgot you have an android.....

      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      I can tell your Fanism has stuck you in one place. Being able to put a device back to a previous OS is an essential feature that Apple has prohibited its users from. What if the next ios is even worse than 7? what if you currently get great battery life with your current device and then the new upgraded ios drains the battery 50 to 70% more? What is an Iphone first? A phone, you should be able to return to the previous firmware so you can use the phone and not have a useless toy that needs to be recharged in less than 2 hours when it lasted 8 plus hours before.

      See the simple facts, Android beats ios in this every day of the week
      If you have to charge your device every two hours that's on you and what your doing on your device... Period, and that's a fact
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      If you think Google is evil for that, then keep your heads buried in the sand. You truly don't want to see a real evil company at work.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by bonum83 View Post
      If you have to charge your device every two hours that's on you and what your doing on your device... Period, and that's a fact
      I believe he meant when using the device the same way given two different firmware versions, where the previous versions lasted many times longer than the newer one. If it really was that bad (old lasting ~8 hours and the newer last ~2), given as equal a configuration as possible, then that would be good cause to want to downgrade, as the newer firmware would most decidedly be impacting said device in a rather negative manner.