Even though Intel dominated the world of desktop and mobile processors years ago, one of the things we never quite understood is why they sold their XScale ARM-based processor division years ago. It seems that the company didn’t quite understand the potential behind ARM, and that took a toll on their growth in the last couple of years as the company has struggled to be relevant in mobile. Those who thought that the PC would never succumb to the Post PC revolution have been proven to be wrong, and Intel’s new strategy could help them gain the relevance they’ve been searching for.
Intel’s CES presentation has confirmed that the company will now focus on bringing us dual OS platforms where Windows and Android can co-exist. Devices like the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD 300 convertible tablet/laptop were used during the event to show us just how effective it is to switch between platforms in just under 4 seconds. This new system will also work for different versions of Windows, in case users prefer to stick to a more power-efficient version of Windows during their times spent on the go.
This is one of the boldest moves we’ve seen from Intel in years. It’s hard to tell how long it’ll take the company to gain traction with this strategy, but we doubt that users will think twice about the option to have two operating systems on the same tablet. Intel is also going to sweeten this deal by offering device protection software for free to Android users, so this might pay-off faster than we think. Let’s hope Intel can do the same for Android smartphones and Windows Phones soon.