Google IO 2016 Coverage

Samsung patent application describes unique, dual-booting hardware


Samsung has filed a patent application for a new piece of hardware that would provide a dock for a “Phablet” that would then power the larger device in the form of a laptop computer. In the application, Samsung specifically mentions the device might be capable of booting to Android when the phablet is operated standalone, but to a different operating system like Windows 10 when in the companion device. Sources think this may represent a sign that Samsung has strengthened their partnership with Microsoft in an effort to compete against the Apple iPad in the enterprise market. Read more

ASUS Transformer Book Duet leaks in video, a Dual OS device that will debut at CES


A couple days ago we shed some light on Intel’s plans to push devices that can boot into either Windows or Android. Intel is using the name Dual OS to describe these devices. While Microsoft has been trying to halt the production of these devices, it seems that at least ASUS will go through with their plans. In a video on YouTube, the Transformer Book Duet leaked, showing that it will indeed be able to run both Windows and Android. According to the video, its model number is TD300. According to the video, the Transformer Book Duet will take roughly eight seconds to switch operating systems.

The video has since been pulled and it is likely that this is the device ASUS teased a two weeks ago. Android World took the screenshot above, which does indeed have a spelling error. We are not sure whether or not ASUS is aware of that at the moment, but they will likely have it fixed by the time the Transformer Book Duet gets announced. ASUS’ CES press conference will be Monday, January 6, at 3pm EST. To keep track of everything happening in Las Vegas, click here to view our coverage of CES.

Source: Android World, ASUS [YouTube] *Video has been pulled.
Via: Android Authority

Microsoft, Google sit uncomfortably as Intel awaits Dual OS announcement at CES


We all know that the PC market has been shrinking for some time. Although Microsoft has made Windows 8 ideal (in their eyes) for touchscreens, consumers have not responded so well. To aid Microsoft’s big problem, Intel is going with a free solution — devices that can also boot into Android. According to sources close with The Verge, Intel is leading the charge and is in talks with PC manufacturers to unveil these “Dual OS” devices next week at CES in Las Vegas. Read more

Microsoft also asked Samsung and Huawei to put Windows on Android tablets, dual-booted Galaxy Tab coming?

dual_boot_galaxyLast week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.

Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.

Stay tuned for more info.

Source: Unwired Review

More details surface on how Oppo will utilize CyanogenMod


News involving Cyanogen seems to keep surfacing at a frequent pace. After founder Steve Kondik teased the company’s involvement in Oppo’s September 23 event, light shed on their potential plans. An internal conversation revealed that Cyanogen needs to piggyback off of a manufacturer because of the Compatibility Test Suite for Android; therefore, this is why they are likely using Oppo as a launching pad. Once they have a manufacturer to work with, Cyanogen would be able to gain access to Google Apps. Being able to use Google Apps is of course a pivotal part of their next phase.

Google Apps contain the proprietary Google applications that come pre-installed with most android devices. Due to licensing restrictions, these apps cannot come pre-installed with CyanogenMod and must be installed separately. CyanogenMod does not require Google Apps to function properly, however, to take full advantage of the Android system, Google Apps are recommended.

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$100 Android/Linux Dual Boot Tablet To Start Shipping January

Peacock Imports promised Android/Linux dual boot devices to backers who pledged $99 or more on, a kickstarter-like site. They received 517 backers and easily met the $49,000 goal with a total of $72,707. The campaign ended yesterday but PengPod is taking pre-orders on the 7-inch  (PenPod 700) and 10-inch (PengPod 1000) tablets as well as the 3.5-inch miniPC (PengStick). Pre-orders are live now and will ship in January 2013.

All three devices are powered by a 1.2ghz Cortex A8 ARM single core processor and have hdmi and USB ports. The tablets have front facing cameras and a 3300 mAh battery for the 7-inch and 6000 mAh for the 10-inch. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4,325 mAh battery and the Nexus 10 comes with a 9,000 mAh battery. The PengPods and PengStick will run Android 4.0 and KDE Plasma Active to help with the Linux touch interface. Android will be installed on internal memory while Linux will boot from an SD card.

Source: PengPod

Android 5 Jelly Bean Getting Webtop-like Dock Mode?

When we last reported on speculative details of Google’s upcoming Android 5.0, it was rumored that Jelly Bean would be further optimized for tablets by adding some elements of Chrome OS. This sparked off the assumption that dual-booting with Windows 8 would be possible.

We are now learning that what actually might be included is a native docking mode, similar to Motorola’s Webtop, which launches a custom desktop-like interface when the device is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In his latest column for mobile-review, Eldar Murtazin writes that the dual-boot rumor from last week “remains a hypothesis from the realm of fantasy…” and that this may have been confused with a native docking mode similar to what Motorola was doing since the first Motorola Atrix.

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ViewSonic Introduces ViewPad 10pi & 10e Tablets; ViewPhone 3 Smartphone

It looks like the ViewPad E70 budget tablet introduction wasn’t enough for ViewSonic at CES. They’ve gone ahead and unleashed more toys in the wild for us to play with… this time two more tablets and a smartphone. The tablets— known as the ViewPad 10pi and 10e— aren’t exactly game-changers, but they do have their unique features. The ViewPad 10pi is noteworthy as it features a dual-boot setup of Gingerbread 2.3 and Windows 7, with both OSes running on an Intel Oak Trail processor on a 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen display. While price is a bit steep at $849, the ability to run a dual-boot setup is tantalizing and will certainly sway a potential buyer or two. The ViewPad 10e is a tablet that is again running Gingerbread 2.3, but is only 9.1mm thin, promises 200 hours of standby time and has a sweet IPS display as well. Though there’s no Android Market, the tablet will come preloaded with the Amazon App Store, so you’ll still be able to access a plethora of apps. Look for the ViewPad 10e to be priced around $279. Both the ViewPad 10pi and 10e tablets will be released around the end of January.

The final eye-opener is ViewSonic’s announcement of their newest phone: the ViewPhone 3. As a dual-SIM handset, the phone features HSDPA connectivity, a 3.5-inch screen, 800MHz processor and Gingerbread 2.3. Look for the phone to be released in late Q1 of this year for $279. Hit the break for some photos and the presser from ViewSonic for all 3 devices. Read more

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro Tablet To Run Both Android 2.3 And Windows 7

In an interesting twist, ViewSonic wants to try again at the tablet market. Rather than running Honeycomb or waiting for the next installation of Android, they’ve decided to use Bluestack’s Android virtualisation built in so Android can run as an application in Windows 7. Essentially, touch an icon to switch between Android and Windows. The tablet also features a 1.5 GHz Intel-powered processor, and the four Android buttons we all love. No price has been released for this US only (at launch) device. I can’t imagine that a tablet running Windows with the ability to essentially simulate Android will sell too well outside of the hacker world. Especially when you consider that the predecessors for Android 2.3 and Windows 7 appear to be just around the corner. But who am I to say what the market wants? At least it’s something different. What do you guys think? Failed before launch, or getting some kind of dedicated developer following ala Nexus One? ViewSonic is marketing it for business users so who knows.

[via marketwire]

ViewSonic Offers Dual-Boot Tablet, The ViewPad 10 (Video)

ViewSonic has recently announced the availability of their latest and greatest tablet, the ViewPad 10.  The device at first glance appears to be an entry level model in regards to most tablets, coming in at 10.1″.  However, what quickly sets the device apart is its cool dual-boot functionality, allowing one to seamlessly transfer between Android 1.6 and Windows 7.  Yeah, you said the same thing I did when I read the press release.  “Android 1.6?”  Not sure why or how difficult it would have been for ViewSonic to incorporate at least Froyo on the device, making this thing a true powerhouse.  In any event, it’s possible that an upgrade could be gracing the device in the near future, but no word yet on when.

The ViewPad 10 is an Atom-based tablet offering a 10.1″ screen as mentioned, running with a resolution of 1024 x 600, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of memory, Wifi for b/g/n protocols, bluetooth 2.1 and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chatting.  And as we stated earlier, you can navigate between Andriod 1.6 and Windows 7, meeting all of your personal and business needs simultaneously.   Read more