We've been reporting on many of Intel's annual events over past several years now. We noted as far back as 2010 that Intel was working with and supporting alternative platforms such as Linux, Android, Chrome and MeeGo. Working with Windows alone hadn't done Intel any favors over the past several years as PC's are sharply in decline due to a lack of innovation against devices like Apple's iPad. Specifically in January of this year, Intel went all-out to announce the Dual OS Intel Platform. Intel went out of their way to show their support for Android in the enterprise with software called "Intel Device Protection Technology," that would deal with Android's terrible security issues that we noted in a report that we posted yesterday. Intel's support for Android was a major move. Yet now that CES is long gone and an actual product supporting the dual OS platform is ready to roll out, Google isn't so keen on sharing Android with Windows on a single platform any longer. They apparently fear that sharing space with Windows on future Intel products could hinder their current market momentum. Sounds like another back-stabbing move by Google to me. Their first such move was when Eric Schmidt sat on Apple's board of directors prior to the release of the iPhone, only to turn around and reveal that they were working on Android all the while that Schmidt sat on Apple's board.
According to a new DigiTimes report published today, Intel and Asustek Computer released dual OS tablets at CES 2014 that combined Windows and Android operating systems into one unit in an attempt to tackle a new segment in the tablet market.
However, due to pressure from Google, Asustek has postponed plans to release its TD300 tablet that was presented at CES 2014.
Currently, only Intel's X86 chip can support dual operating systems, giving consumers an option to run either Android or Windows, but on a separate basis. From Intel's standpoint, tablets that have both Windows and Android dual OS is a positive for its business model, and vendors can also increase brand value through dual-system products.
The report further stated that "in the long run Microsoft is looking to expand the penetration rate of Windows in mobile devices, as it currently only has a 3% market penetration rate, so pairing up with Google should prove to be beneficial.
In the short run, dual operating system devices will not become the mainstream and Google is trying hard to avoid its OS being combined with Windows. Windows also could pose challenges for Android-based large-size tablet products.
DigiTimes Research also added that other PC vendors now have intentions to stop plans for producing products featuring dual operating system features."
In the end, you have to wonder what Google is threatening these vendors with, as many of them are now rapidly falling into line. Politically speaking, Google's latest moves are clearly seen as one gigantic slap in Intel's face. All of the work that Intel poured into this project will go down the drain if they can't convince Google to reverse their course.
Google's move, if anything, is showing us that they fear Microsoft's possible resurrection in the marketplace. Any possible gain for Microsoft is a loss for Android. The reason that this latest revelation is believable is because we reported on Monday that Google and Samsung had eagerly joined Chinese Android OEMs in expressing their concerns to Chinese Government officials that Microsoft's bid to take over Nokia's phone business could result in higher patent licensing fees.
It's becoming clearer as the days go by that the Microsoft-Nokia team may be able to upset the Android ecosystem. Google can't be pleased with Nokia's latest move into the Android market that includes many Microsoft leading services such as Skype, SkyDrive and Nokia's maps app called Here.
At the end of the day will Intel show some corporate spunk and fight back or will they just let Google screw them over. Or should that be "get Scroogled." Only time will tell, but I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this throughout the year.