Word on the street is that Intel thinks it’s found a way to make Windows tablets more popular — let users run Android apps on them. According to both Time Magazine and The Verge, Intel is encouraging PC makers to offer Windows devices that can run Android software in virtualization. That lets you run Android apps without rebooting.
The idea could be called Dual OS, PC Plus, or something else — but we’ll probably hear a lot more about the concept at the Consumer Electronics Show.
On the one hand, this would be a way to let Windows tablet and notebook users access the million or so apps available from the Google Play Store. On the other hand, if you thought Windows 8 already had an identity crisis thanks to its “Modern” and desktop user interfaces, this probably won’t do anything to change your mind.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Intel and hardware partners may be pushing “Dual OS” Windows devices that run Android apps at CES
It’s likely that at least a few PC makers will launch Dual OS products this year… but it looks like they might be doing that without the support of either Microsoft or Google. I guess we’ll find out if that matters. [The Verge]
- Toshiba Encore WT8 tablet reviewed
It’s one of the only Windows 8 tablets with HDMI output, which could make it into a sort of desktop-class machine at times. At other times, the desktop UI just sort of gets in the way. [UMPC Portal]
- BBM beta for Android gets voice calling and BBM Channels support
BlackBerry Messenger for Android is getting more of the features that had previously been exclusive to folks using a BlackBerry phone. [Android Community]
- AppDeals: A new Android app bargain finder from the maker of Reddit Sync
It’s a simple app with a clean UI that shows hand-picked and popular deals. Why Google doesn’t make it easier to find apps that are on sale without third party apps, I’ll never know. [Google Play]
- Notion Ink begins blog series detailing the design of the new Adam II tablet
Episode one doesn’t tell us much, but there is a video showing how the secondary display on the side of the tablet looks in action. [Notion Ink]
- Pandora for Android (and iOS) adds alarm clock feature
Wake up to the soothing sounds of your favorite Death Metal station instead of the beeping of your Android clock alarm. There’s also an ever-popular snooze option. [Android Police]
- Kobo 10 Arc 10 HD video review
KT posts a video review of the Kobo Arc 10 HD has a high-resolution display and support for Google Play Services, but it’s the Kobo media software that makes it stand out… for better or worse. [YouTube]