Asus cancelling Android/Windows project due to pressure from Google

Earlier this year at CES 2014, ASUS took the wraps off a very interesting hybrid device, and by hybrid we’re not talking about a laptop that doubles as a tablet. By hybrid we mean a laptop that double as a tablet that runs both Android and Windows at the same time. This came in the form of the ASUS Transformer Book Duet and was a pretty interesting device to say the least. Now given that Google and Microsoft are rivals, we can’t say that Google or Microsoft might have been too pleased to have both operating systems offered in the same device.

The Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 Android/Windows tablet/laptop may never move past concept phase, Digitimes says, citing Chinese publication The Economic Daily News, as Google is apparently forcing Asus to dump its freshly announced dual-OS device. Apparently Asus wanted to start selling the device in the first quarter of the year in various markets including Asia and Europe, with the U.S. expected to launch the convertible tablet in the second quarter of 2014. However, it’s not clear what will happen with the Transformer Book Duet TD300 now, and Asus declined to comment on the matter.

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