ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 gets cancelled due to pressure from Google


ASUS showed off their Transformer Book Duet TD300, a convertible tablet with a long name that ran both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, at CES just last month. The tablet looked pretty cool, giving you the best of both Android and a more traditional Windows operating system, and it could switch between the two on the fly. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the TD300 won’t ever make it past the design phase.

According to a Chinese publication, ASUS has cancelled the TD300, citing resistance from Google. It was originally slated to be released in the second quarter of this year to US markets, but apparently there was something about it that Google really, really didn’t like. ASUS didn’t comment on exactly what that reasoning was.

We saw a similar tablet from Samsung not too long ago that never actually made it into consumers’ hands, so maybe Google is firmly against Android OEMs making devices that run competing operating systems. It could also have something to do with Google not licensing the Play Store to be used on a dual-booting tablet. If that’s the case, ASUS (or Samsung) could have released the tablet anyway, but without the Play Store, the Android side of things would have been seriously gimped.

Maybe we’ll hear more about this one in the next few months.

source: Digitimes

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  • ShapesBlue

    You can still install the play store. I don’t think this is a bad idea at all. Although Windows 8 is a pain the rear

  • Albert

    Was really interested in this one… Oh well.

  • Barrie

    Oh well – the consumer gets screwed again. If Microsoft and Windows would give us the Android/iOS apps that we want we wouldn’t need a device like this.

  • 1n50mniac

    I wanted this soo bad! It was a lock to be my next tablet…now I am really looking closely at Sony’s new Xperia Z2 tablet, but I am not sure if it will be released in the U.S. Shame if it doesn’t…the specs are outstanding, and super thin and lightweight too. I almost forgot about the google nexus 10, I guess I should wait and use my nexus 7 FHD in the meantime :(

    • Chris

      It will be available in the US. And will also be offered on AT&T with 4g lte

  • m111

    i waited in vain

  • m111

    I’m angry

  • m111

    we are silly