AMD joins effort to run Android in Windows with new hybrid x86 + ARM CPUs

Dual OS Windows and Android PCs

We recently heard Intel’s idea of “Dual OS” PCs, which basically are Windows devices also capable of running Android using virtualization technology that allows users to switch between operating systems by the touch of a button. Now it appears that AMD is also planning to jump in the Windows and Android running the same PC idea, as the chipmaker in announcing a new partnership with BlueStacks to do something very similar.

The idea is pretty much the same as Intel’s, but on Windows PCs featuring AMD processors will run BlueStacks, instead of using a virtual machine, that allow users to launch Android apps from the Windows 8 Start screen in the same way Windows apps work and users will even be able to search Android apps using the Windows 8 Search feature.

Although both chipmakers are planning to bring Android to Windows in 2014, AMD (in my opinion) seems to be the one that has a better approach, as the company’s latest x86 processors will also integrate an ARM CPU. This way Advanced Micro Devices PCs will run Android apps without having to virtualize Google’s operating system or the ARM processor, which is what BlueStacks does.

The major advantage using this new hybrid x86 + ARM processors could be battery life as virtualization technology currently requires more power and performance. I could be OK for regular PCs, but it’s not acceptable on Ultrabooks, laptops, or tablets.

As I mentioned previously Microsoft and Google are not on board with this plan, but it seems that Dual OS PCs are more than ever is a reality, at least for 2014. Now the real question is: Will the idea of Windows + Android ever going to take off? What do you think?

Source The Verge

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.