Asus’s plans to offer dual-boot (Windows and Android) hybrid devices have hit a roadblock, due to pressure from Google and Microsoft. According to a report in Wall Street Journal, “Facing pressure from Google and Microsoft, Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc has indefinitely postponed plans to sell a high-profile device designed to simultaneously run both Android and Windows software, people familiar with the matter said.”
Asus has postponed plans to sell Transformer Book Duet TD300 hybrid. This toy transforms from a tablet to a laptop and also switches from Android to Windows 8.1 with the simple push of a button – that is the beauty of this toy.
Well, Big Brothers like Microsoft and Google did not like the idea of dual boot. They want to go alone, sit alone and stand alone – they just don’t like the idea of sharing the same room..i mean same chip.
The only group of people in this world who are going to “cry” with this decision will be the “App Developers”. This was a wonderful opportunity for many developers to develop on a single device rather than having Two separate toys. Well, just like some Republicans are unable to rub shoulders with some Democrats, Google doesn’t want to rub shoulders with Microsoft and vice versa. Every prejudice in this world did change or started to change, so maybe it will take another 25 or 50 years for this opposition against dual boot to change too – maybe?