How often do we see promising prototypes and concepts mesmerizing attendees at trade shows, only to never be heard of again or, if they do, fail to hit store shelves in a timely manner? Although not the first device of its kind, the Android- and Windows-booting Transformer Book Duet TD300 did get some decent press when it was first showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Sadly for those holding their breath for the device, the TD300 is said to have run into a major hurdle.
Apparently, Google is not too pleased with the whole idea of Android being made to share tablet/laptop screen space with rival Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and has, per a Digitimes report, managed to exert enough pressure on Asus for the latter to postpone the x86-based TD300.
In light of some recent developments, it appears as though that Microsoft may have softened its stance on such dual-booting devices. Perhaps Microsoft is hoping that a more conciliatory approach in this matter is likely to do it more good than harm, especially considering how it has very little to lose in the smartphone and tablet compared to Google. Even though this report may not be true (often the case with Digitimes), we can see why Google might have an issue with devices capable of booting both Android and Windows.