Mar 14 AT 3:09 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

ASUS to quit production and sales of dual boot devices due to pressure from Google and Microsoft


ASUS isn’t the only manufacturer that’s been cranking out dual-booting devices with both Windows and Android, but it has been pushing them pretty intently. There are already a few on sale, but unfortunately, it looks like that’s about to come to an end. ASUS is halting sales of dual-booting devices and will not be making any more due to pressure from both Google and Microsoft, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Because of Microsoft’s many patent disputes with Google and its partners, Microsoft is allegedly no longer acknowledging dual-boot devices. Since Windows is not open source or open for manufacturers to freely use, this becomes a problem for ASUS. Google may also be unhappy about this type of product, and since getting Google services on Android hardware requires Google’s certification, this may also be part of the problem.

While it’s really a shame that an whole device category goes out the window because two companies don’t much like each other, I’m not sure that we’re missing all that much. I never saw the benefit of combining the two operating systems onto one device. I wonder if other manufacturers will be hit with the same problem. Share your thoughts on this issue in the comments!

Via: Android Community

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • wollac11

    Doesn’t both me in the slightest since I hate Windows. Prehaps now Asus will consider dual boot devices with desktop Linux and Android. They could even share a Kernel and they would not have this issue. Or better yet, instead of a dual boot, get in touch with Canonical and help make Ubuntu for Android a thing. A transformer tablet that runs Android as a tablet and docks to become an Ubuntu laptop would be a great replacement to the Android + Ubuntu dual boot setup!

    • wollac11

      Oops in the last sentence I meant to say : A Transformer tablet that runs Android as a tablet and docks to become an Ubuntu laptop would be a great replacement to the Android + Windows dual boot setup!

  • bcurran3

    I wanted one so I don’t have to carry an Android tablet and a Windows laptop with me. I have to have the notebook for work but I prefer my tablet for reading and casual gaming. I would buy one but was waiting for larger screens sizes.
    I calculated out the cost of my tablet and my notebook and it made perfect sense on my next round of upgrades, it would save me money.

  • Abraham Zavala

    I have one and I love it. What a shame they will not manufacture it any more.