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CES: AMD and Intel to virtualise Android in Windows devices

Microsoft forced to share
Tue Jan 07 2014, 08:10

LAS VEGAS: CHIP DESIGNER AMD and Intel possibly made some enemies at Microsoft on Monday, as both announced at CES 2014 they will be bringing the full Android experience to Windows PCs.

AMD announced a partnership with Bluestacks on Monday, which will run Google's Android mobile operating system within Microsoft Windows on two-in-one tablet and laptop PC devices.

AMD claims that it's looking to "eliminate the gap" between Windows and Android, and said it wants to go beyond the traditional "dual-boot" option that's now offered on a handful of devices.

Thanks to its Bluestacks collaboration, users of Windows 7 or Windows 8 devices with AMD chips will be able to take a new virtualised approach, with the Android user interface appearing in a window on the PC desktop, which can be made full screen, and even giving users access to the configuration toggles and settings that they have on their Android smartphones and tablets.

AMD brings full Android to Windows

The firm boasted, "Bluestacks takes full advantage of AMD APUs, beginning with the [fourth] generation AMD APU codenamed 'Kaveri' power savings options, OpenGL driver, and every other advantage the AMD APU-based system can offer," making it clear that the option will be available only on AMD devices.

Intel also revealed some more details about its plans to integrate Android into Windows at CES on Monday.

While the firm had previously said it had plans to do so, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced its Dual OS initiative at CES, which will see Intel enabling both Android and Windows in future devices. According to Intel, users will be able to switch seamlessly between the two with the touch of a button. The decision by the firm will likely be frustrating for Microsoft as it sees its Windows platform increasing usurped by Android. µ


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