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    Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    And its Iron Man branded Galaxy S6 Edge becomes available today (in South Korea).
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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    I thought Microsoft and Google had said NO MORE to mixed OS hybrids?

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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    I have just bought a dual boot tablet with windows 8.1 and android, wouldn't have bought it (or a tablet in general) if it was just one OS.

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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    I thought Microsoft and Google had said NO MORE to mixed OS hybrids?
    They probably don't like it but as long as any licenses are adhered too not much they can do. I'm guessing Samsung plan to make the phone Android and the tablet Windows and get round it that way?
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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    Maybe I'm being hard-faced, but this idea of Samsung's strikes me as (a) monumentally stupid and (b) not novel and therefore not patentable.
    For (a) smallest tablet is 7", so that "trackpad" area is going to be pretty darned massive which means, in turn, that the overall device is going to be "chunky".
    For (b) as pointed out, Asus already did this (minus the dual-OS idea) with PadFone, so there's some prior art.
    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    I thought Microsoft and Google had said NO MORE to mixed OS hybrids?
    Think that was both OS's in one device, I'm assuming that this Samsung setup will be Android when a tablet, and an Android-assisted peripheral/storage-device for Windows when in "docked" mode.
    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post
    I have just bought a dual boot tablet with windows 8.1 and android, wouldn't have bought it (or a tablet in general) if it was just one OS.
    Interesting - presumably one of those no-names, no-question Chinese devices since, as Biscuit says above, the majors got warned off by both Microsoft and Google.

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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    Even with dual-OS, this was done back with the Motorola Atrix 4G, mixing Android and Linux with a 'lapdock'.

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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    Quote Originally Posted by edzieba View Post
    Even with dual-OS, this was done back with the Motorola Atrix 4G, mixing Android and Linux with a 'lapdock'.
    Darn, you're right. I'd forgotten about the old Atrix - now there again is a device that pushed all my "geek" buttons. Actually I wonder why Google hasn't leant on someone to do a similar device with Android and ChromeOS as the setup - would neatly get around the problem some carriers have with tethering, and effectively it'd be a phone that's also a Chromebook.

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    Re: Samsung working on an Android phone and Windows laptop hybrid

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post

    Interesting - presumably one of those no-names, no-question Chinese devices since, as Biscuit says above, the majors got warned off by both Microsoft and Google.
    Well its an Onda v820w, as its based on the intel bay trail processor it is compatible both ways.

    It does have legit OSs, Andriod 4.4.4 and Windows 8.1 with bing.

    As said the only reason I bought it was due to having the best of both OSs available and the usual cheapness of these things, I am highly unlikely to ever buy a Samsung or such so they haven't lost any sales with me.

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