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Microsoft and Google aren't happy with mutant Android-Windows hybrids

Ian Paul | March 17, 2014
Microsoft may be comfortable with Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn't too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result.

The devil's in the details

Even with all the attention, a truly compelling Windows-Android hybrid has yet to appear.

Asus' dual OS all-in-ones weren't entirely practical. In tablet mode the device's 5.73-pound, 18-inch screen meant it wasn't a tablet you'd want to throw in your backpack. The plus $1,000 starting price tag didn't help much either.

The Asus Transformer Book Trio, another Android-Windows hybrid introduced in 2013, was a low-powered Atom device that would only appeal to a select group of users.

The lightweight Duet TD300, however, would have had much broader appeal thanks to its Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 1TB of onboard storage — but according to the Journal we'll never find out just how appealing the TD300 would have been. 


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