Intel: Don't expect tons of Android, Windows dual devices yet

Intel's tablet general manager is keen on selling chips for both Android and Windows 8.1 devices, but don't expect to see a crush of dual-OS devices yet.

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Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300: Don't expect a ton of dual-OS devices yet, says Intel. Brooke Crothers

LAS VEGAS -- Erik Reid, general manager of Intel's tablet business, says that the company's customers are exploring the Windows 8.1, Android dual-OS strategy in the face of Android's overwhelming popularity in mobile devices. But "exploring" is the operative word.

That, of course, is an advantage that only Intel has -- its chips can run both operating systems -- and one it wants to exploit it in as many feasible ways as possible.

Intel's customers -- the world's biggest device makers -- are looking into the technology, but it's not clear right now how many will actually commit.

"They're exploring, they're trying to understand opportunities, the usage models [but] most of the devices you'll see in the market will be Windows specific or Android specific, but you'll certainly see a few experiments," Reid said in an interview with CNET.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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