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Hands-on with ViewSonic’s tablet lineup: Dual-boot P100, Windows 8 and more

Monday, February 27th, 2012

ViewSonic is doing its best to make splash here at Mobile World Congress with a number of tablet-related announcements. In addition to specific hardware launches, the company has also made some significant inroads with running Windows 7 Pro on its slates, mainly as proof of concept in anticipation of the upcoming Windows 8 launch. We liked a lot of what we saw but the P100, running both Android 2.3 and Windows 7 (theoretically upgradeable to both Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows 8) was the undisputed star of the show for ViewSonic. This dual-booting beast separates the two operating systems by way of a disc partition, and it seems to run both platforms at lightening speed. Check out our gallery below for hands-on images of the entire ViewSonic tablet line including the P100, the E10 Pro, the E70, the E100 and the G70, and stay tuned to see what ViewSonic brings to the table once Windows 8 launches later this year.

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Whitman expects HP Windows 8 Intel tablet this year

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Looks like old Fujitsu isn’t the only PC-maker looking to get into the Windows 8 tablet business before year’s end. Addressing a conference in Northern California, HP CEO Meg Whitman let it be known that her company plans on pushing out an Intel-packing tablet running the new Microsoft operating system in 2012. How about a dual-boot webOS system, Meg? We can dream, can’t we?

Whitman expects HP Windows 8 Intel tablet this year originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android 5.0 ‘Jelly Bean’ could push fragmentation to new heights

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Despite the fact that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is only found on a handful of Android devices — Ice Cream Sandwich penetration currently sits at 1%, just as it did more than one month ago — a new report suggests Google is preparing to launch the next major build of its mobile platform as early as next quarter. Citing unnamed sources within Taiwan-based component suppliers, DigiTimes on Thursday reports that Google is likely to launch Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) in the second quarter. While details are still limited, the report claims Android 5.0 will again focus on tablets and introduce an interesting new feature. Read on for more.

Seemingly wary about the potential threat from Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform, Google’s next-generation Android OS will feature a new dual-boot function according to DigiTimes. Jelly Bean will reportedly be optimized for tablets and it will “integrate [Google's] Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs.” Google is supposedly planning to encourage vendors to build dual-boot devices, which would be able to run both Android 5.0 and Windows 8.

The report also suggests Google may be eying the notebook and netbook markets with Android 5.0. Android 3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-only OS, and Google then unified its mobile platform with Android 4.0, which is optimized for both smartphones and tablets. This new report seems to suggest Google is shifting the focus of Android 5.0 back to tablets and maybe even to notebooks in light of Chrome OS’s slow adoption.

Android 5.0 may already be facing challenges, however, as the report claims Google’s Android partners are “turning conservative about Android 5.0″ due to Android 4.0′s slow adoption thus far. A number of vendors are currently working on updating their recent devices to Android 4.0, and several Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones and tablets will be unveiled later this month at Mobile World Congress.

If DigiTimes’s report turns out to be accurate, Google could be pushing Android fragmentation to new heights with Jelly Bean. Vendors like Motorola plan to roll out Android 4.0 updates for their devices over the course of the second and third quarters, and Ice Cream Sandwich may already be obsolete by the time it finally arrives on these smartphones and tablets.

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Nokia N9 spotted running Ice Cream Sandwich, dual-boot in the works

Friday, February 10th, 2012
Nokia N9 spotted running Ice Cream Sandwich, dual-boot in the works

This above is the first glimpse of Android 4.0 running on the Nokia N9. Yes, it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich is in being ported to the company’s iconic handset by no other than Alexey Roslyakov and team NITDroid — the folks who previously put Android on the Nokia N900. The project, which is still in its early stages, made significant progress after recently overcoming a framebuffer driver/HAL hurdle, allowing ICS to be displayed on the phone. In addition, a dual-boot solution is in the works letting Meego and Android 4.0 coexist on the device. We certainly can’t wait to experience using Ice Cream Sandwich on some of the hottest white hardware around. Can you?

Nokia N9 spotted running Ice Cream Sandwich, dual-boot in the works originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC may be developing Chrome OS / Android hybrid device

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

HTC may be developing a new hybrid netbook/tablet “internet access device” that combines both Chrome OS and Android, presumably in some sort of dual-boot environment. Samsung and Acer are the only two major suppliers that currently offer devices powered by Google’s Chrome OS, otherwise known as Chromebooks, but DigiTimes said the two firms have only sold about 25,000 – 30,000 units this year. The lower-powered netbooks currently cost between $350 and $450 and will likely need to fall in price in order to attract consumers. HTC is expected to unveil its third Android-powered tablet in February, which will be powered by NVIDIA’s brand new quad-core Tegra 3 processor. HTC has yet to get its feet wet in the netbook space, and we have to admit we would be surprised if it ever did, so we suspect this secret Chrome/Android device could resemble something similar to Asus’s Eee Pad Transformer Prime rather than a traditional netbook.


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Chromium OS running on a MacBook Air: somewhere, a mad scientist cackles in the night

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Does it hurt your brain to look at the picture above? That’d be Chromium OS — running on a MacBook Air! Pretty much the definition of “worlds colliding,” this feat is brought to you by Hexxeh, whose most recent mind-warping project put Chrome on an iPad. The platform-mixing maestro says in this case everything works except Bluetooth, owing to a lack of support. But hearty souls who seek to follow in his footsteps, take heed: there’s no dual-boot option, and you will lose OS X — so perhaps this is a job for your now outdated model. Click the source link for 14 easy steps to turning your svelte laptop into Frankenstein’s monster, but sadly, there’s no mention of where to buy that hopelessly cute Chrome pillow.

[Updated: Diligent researchers found the Chrome pillow. Peep it in the second source link. Thanks, Matthew.]

Chromium OS running on a MacBook Air: somewhere, a mad scientist cackles in the night originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer planning to dual-boot all of its dual-core netbooks, we’re dual-unimpressed

Friday, October 8th, 2010

We haven’t seen any reason to love anything that’s attempted to combine the comfort of Windows 7 with the sheer unpreparedness of Android in a dual-boot netbook form factor, Acer’s Aspire One D255 included. Still, word is that Acer is planning to make dual-booting standard on its dual-core netbooks going forward. Right now the D255 only does Android overseas, but we’re going to perceive this as a threat until we hear otherwise. Sure, adding Android to a netbook doesn’t hurt anything (which is the majority of Acer’s excellent argument for its inclusion), but we can only hope that this fascination with Android quickly switches to Chrome OS when it’s ready.

Acer planning to dual-boot all of its dual-core netbooks, we’re dual-unimpressed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Oct 2010 15:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ViewSonic doing 3D like crazy at IFA, plans to debut 3D camera, camcorder, photo frame, and portable TV

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

You’re sitting alone, your house is quiet. You turn your phone off and reach for a novel — your favorite novel. You run your hand along the book’s well-worn spine, then crack open the yellowing pages to the spot you were at last. Suddenly you put the book down. Where are you? You stand up and take off your glasses, looking around frantically at your surroundings. Where are you?

Well, you’re not in Berlin, Germany between the dates of September 1st and 7th, attending IFA. ViewSonic just announced, no, threatened an onslaught of 3D product for the upcoming tradeshow, including a 720p 3D camcorder that will pack a built-in 3D display for a mere $300 (we’re sure it will be delightful). Details are scarce, but our guess would be that it’ll utilize a glasses-free 3D display akin to Nintendo’s 3DS or the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3. Other 3D members of the brood will include a 3D handheld TV, 3D stills camera, and a 3D photo frame — all of which will undoubtedly scream quality. As if that wasn’t enough, ViewSonic will also be showing off a 7-inch Android tablet dubbed the ViewPad 7, along with a 10-inch tablet that can dual boot to Android and Windows. PR is after the break, we’ll let you get back to your book.

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ViewSonic doing 3D like crazy at IFA, plans to debut 3D camera, camcorder, photo frame, and portable TV originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia N900 Maemo / MeeGo dual boot ‘will come at some point,’ but not next firmware

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Quim Gil of Nokia’s Maemo team has dropped some knowledge on the folks chatting up the upcoming MeeGo release in the official Maemo forums, and it sounds like there are at least a couple critical points to be aware of for N900 owners and would-be ROM flashers when the first developer preview drops next week. To quote Gil, “nothing beautiful, stable or fully featured” will be a part of that initial release — and to be more blunt about it, “99% of you don’t want to install that release in your N900.” The good news, though, is that Nokia seems to be aware of the importance of a dual-boot solution to MeeGo devs working with N900s in the long term, and Gil reports that a proper setup for that “will come at some point” — it’s just not on their short-term radar. We can totally understand that; we’ve no doubt there’s still tons of reconciliation to manage between the legacy Maemo and Moblin ecosystems, and that’s presumably priority one as they march toward a May release of what’s being billed as a MeeGo 1.0 release.

Speculation had been building that the next cut of Maemo 5 — PR1.2 — might have MeeGo dual boot capability, but it’s not to be. That said, PR1.2′s still got plenty of tweaks that should be of interest to N900 owners, including a totally revamped landscape on-screen keyboard, onboard memory wipe capability (thank goodness), and an option to enable auto-rotation in the device’s settings. The forums are all abuzz over both topics, naturally — and since a proper PR1.2 release for N900 is still just a twinkle in Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo’s eye, you may as well have a peek, right?

[Thanks, Akinwale]

Nokia N900 Maemo / MeeGo dual boot ‘will come at some point,’ but not next firmware originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 27 Mar 2010 01:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Watch a Nokia N900 Dual-Boot Maemo and Android [N900]

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Though just a proof of concept for now, this clip shows the hack-friendly Nokia N900 dual-booting Maemo and Android. It’s only a taste, but as the dual-booter Brandon says, “its real and it could be spectacular.” [Brandon’s Posterous via jkOnTheRun]

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Acer Aspire One AOD250 Boots Android And Win XP, Holds Us Over Until Chrome OS Arrives [Android]

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The long talked about dual boot Android, Windows XP Acer netbook is ready to come out of hiding and you can snatch one up now (with a six-cell battery) for $350. But will you ever use the Android?

Android on the Aspire One AOD250 functions like Splashtop or any instant-on operating system. It will boot into Android in 20 seconds (says Frandroid) and when you have had your fill, you can then enter Windows XP.

The model I saw demoed a few weeks back, had the standard Android home screen with the drawer of applications. Frandroid reports that there was no access to the Android Marketplace , but there were lots of pre-installed apps. The other good news is that there is full Flash support in the browser. But, as I have found with netbooks with instant-on operating systems I never end up staying in the pre-boot environment for too long. I end up wanting to run programs and save to the hard drive, etc. Maybe, this is why I am so excited for Google’s Chrome OS; it will be a full, yet lightweight OS that, I presume, will boot quickly and have all the things I need.

Beyond Android, the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD250 has a similar chassis to the other Aspire Ones (frankly, I have always thought the trackpad and keyboard were too cramped for a 10-incher). It has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. I know I have to wait until next year for some Chrome OS, so in the meantime I conclude that the Aspire One AOD250 is a good value if you want some Google operating system loving on a netbook. [Acer]

Acer Expands Popular Line of Aspire One Netbooks to Include Unique Dual-Boot Option with Android and Windows XP Operating Systems

Fast Android boot option allows “instant on” Internet access complimented by the full functionality of the Windows XP environment

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 15, 2009 – Acer America, the world’s second largest notebook PC vendor and third largest PC vendor Source: Gartner data, FY 2008, today announced U.S. availability of the Aspire One AOD250 netbook featuring a dual-boot operating system including Android™ and Windows XP® Home. The innovative and open design of Android gives Aspire One users faster connections to the Internet and increased access to productivity and entertainment applications. Continuing to push the envelope on mobile computing solutions, Acer is offering the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD250 with Android and Windows XP to U.S. customers with prices beginning at $349.99.

The Aspire One AOD250 netbook includes a dual-boot feature allowing users to switch between Android and Windows XP Home operating systems with just a click of a mouse. Designed specifically for mobile devices and applications, Android allows the Aspire One netbook to boot up and shut down quickly with “instant on” Internet connectivity, saving time and boosting productivity. Android is a free and open mobile platform, giving users access to leading-edge innovative applications that are user-friendly, affordable and often free. Aspire One users can download fun games, productivity titles, multimedia apps and cool widgets, created through an open source.

“The Android operating system and the Aspire One netbook is an ideal combination for end users that require a highly mobile device for data consumption,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America. “The unique dual-boot OS on the new Aspire One ensures users fast connections, the familiarity of Windows, and the added convenience of open source mobile platforms and applications.”

Combining ultra-portability and design
The Aspire One netbook is a simple and reliable mobile computing solution. Engineered for extreme mobility and weighing less than three pounds, the Aspire One utilizes the energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 to keep users connected while on-the-go. The Aspire One comes with a high-density, six-cell, 5800 mAh battery, 1GB of memory, integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi network connectivity, and a generous 160GB internal hard drive to store plenty of digital albums, music and documents. The Aspire One utilizes a Multi-Gesture Touchpad, allowing users to pinch, flick and swirl their fingers across the touchpad for intuitive navigation. It also allows users to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

The Aspire One has a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit display, offering a broader viewing area for Web page navigation and data input. For communication needs, the netbook is equipped with the Acer Crystal Eye webcam, delivering smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. A built-in digital microphone conveys superior voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes. Bluetooth® 2.1 allows the Aspire One easy connectivity to enabled wireless devices, such as phones, printers and PDAs.

Acer Aspire One AOD250 with Android™ Specifications

* Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
* Dual-Boot Operating System, choose between Android™ and Windows® XP Home operating systems
* 10.1″ WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit Display
* Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
* Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* 1024MB DDR2 667MHz Memory
* 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
* Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
* Bluetooth® 2.1
* Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
* Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
* Dolby® Headphone Technology
* Multi-Gesture Touchpad
* 3 – USB 2.0 Ports
* 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5800 mAh)
* 2.79 lbs. | 1.27 kg
* 10.2″ (W) x 8.4″ (D) x 1.0″ (H)
* MSRP: $349.99
* Four stylish colors: Ruby Red, Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue and Seashell White

Pricing and Availability
The Aspire One AOD250 netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $349.99. The Aspire One comes with a one-year limited warranty.

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