Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich today confirmed rumors that the company would promote dual operating systems on future computers that combine both Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows.
Krzanich made the announcement during his opening keynote speech in the vast Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where the huge 2014 International CES tech trade show is underway.
He said that the new computers would offer the best of both worlds, running applications on the PC based on Windows and apps based on Android. Wags have nicknamed this “Windroid,” and it signals a break in the “Wintel” alliance of Microsoft and Intel.
This kind of capability is already available through platforms such as Bluestacks, who told us last that it wasn’t afraid of competition from Intel (which is also an investor). Intel will be a heavy-duty promoter of the dual OS, but it remains to be seen how PC makers respond.