Amid much build-up to Consumer Electronic Show earlier this year, there were reports that Asus was planning to launch Transformer Book Duet TD300, a hybrid device that facilitated the users to seamlessly use both Windows and Android operating systems.
The device was unveiled at Consumer Electronic Show with the plans to launch it by the end of March. However, there’s a little bit of a twist to the tale as it might not materialize. Reportedly, Asus has cancelled the device on account of mounting pressure from Google.
Apparently, it was a great idea in the field of technology to bring two diametrically diverse operating systems together. One needs to appreciate that it was both a truly complete Android and Windows powered tablet, and a Windows laptop that can run Android, as well.
In technical terms, as a convertible device, it was expected to run both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2. Just for a gesture, it all sounded ideal that both Google and Microsoft were agreed to work together. But in the end, Google seems to have thwarted all hopes of it seeing the light of the day.
Apart from the comfort of turning back and forth between the two different operating systems, the technical specifications were quite alluring. It was to carry an attractive 13.3-inch IPS full HD display with touch support, and it was defined by a fourth-generation Intel Core processor along with 4 gigs of RAM. The Transformer Book Duet TD300 promised to possess 128GB of SSD storage. However, Google doesn’t seem to be particularly happy with the very idea of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system sharing the platform with Android.
Google’s pressure has worked, and Asus has been placed on the back foot to postpone the project. Interestingly, Microsoft had recently mellowed down a little towards this idea of dual-booting device and was hoping that some form of reconciliation won’t harm anyone.
Reports suggest that Google doesn’t like the idea that the device should provide an unfair advantage to Windows that is nowhere in the mobile OS segment. A device such as this will prop up Windows to ride on Google’s Android to reach an underserved success. It also means that Google will have to fight a dual war now – one with the Apple iOS on the one hand and Windows, on the other.
The tech giant Asus had intended to offer this device to various markets, including Asia and Europe, by the first quarter of 2014 calendar. After that, it was expected to reach US stores by the second quarter.
In view of the fact that details of the reported cancellation/postponement aren’t made available, officially. With no official statements from either Asus or Google, it’s better to weigh this information with a lot of cautions till more substantial information emerges.