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Google will launch Android 5.0 - codenamed Jellybean - as early as Q3 2012, to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 and offer dual-OS designs for tablet computers. Taiwan-based supply chain makers have fuelled the rumour mill again, this time with claims Android 5.0 is closer in the pipeline than we may have thought …

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WTF?

It's like a zebra ironing a shirt

...I just can't picture it.

Larry will sell his children if it lets him sell more ads.

Ballmer would rather hack off a testicle with a rusty saw than do anything with Google.

But... I've been wrong before.

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Re: It's like a zebra ironing a shirt

@Spearchucker - "I just can't picture it."

I can - and for that, I thank you!

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Err?

I'm confused about this one... You could look at it as Google wanting to serve ads everywhere, no matter what, or you could look at it as Google being seriously concerned about an MS tablet OS. Neither seem totally likely, maybe it's a bit of both.

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It makes sense I suppose, microsoft long ago lost sight of what their customers want and google seems to have been rushing down that same road for a while.

They are now, probably, very similar companies, ethos wise

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That last probably explains why I just had an 'orrible vision of MS and Google merging........

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Coffee/keyboard

I'd rather...

...imagine the 2 most grotesque people alive bumping uglies than these 2.

Keyboard symbol, because I was almost sick all over it.

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Another option...

Apart from the questions raised above I also wonder if it would be possible that neither Google nor Microsoft realizes the impact of made decisions. Google overlooking Windows 8 and Microsoft overlooking both Android 5 and this particular dual-existence feature.

Could be fun, because if this scenario holds truth then I think its safe to assume that the moment either company realizes all this they'll be running to their lawyers. There's got to be a patent violation or two to be found in there.... Katschjing!

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set to integrate Chrome-like functions

So would that be Chrome the browser, Chrome the OS or shiny Chrome?

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Not going to happen...

If it does, then it's nothing more than a disruptive move my Google to thwart Windows 8 on tablets (not they they need to, as that strategy is doomed for failure without any Google intervention).

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Re: Not going to happen...

I actually wonder if this wouldn't give more oxygen to Windows tablets, doing more harm than good to Android.

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Re: Re: Not going to happen...

Inclined to agree with Tom. Windows 8 (and WOA) will provide access to Office and SkyDrive. Other than browsing that's probably the most asked-for use case* on a tablet.

* That's based on conversations I have with my clients, which range from aerospace/defence to civil service, retail, and financial services (investment banking and insurance).

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Don't worry

This is from Digitimes. Better odds of winning the lottery than one of their stories being right.

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Re: Don't worry

Crap just noticed I agreed with Shitpeas.

Pardon me while I go flagellate myself.

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Big Brother

Windows on Arm T&C changing to ban installation on devices with any other bootable OS in 3... 2... 1...

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Interesting...

Whether this turns out to be a good idea or a terrible one, this highlights one interesting advantage that Google has with Android over its OS competitors - its flexibility to try out crazy things like this.

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"flexibility to try out crazy things like this"

Customers can also demonstrate their flexibility to not buy crazy things like this.

You could probably market a BMW saloon with an option to switch the drive to a Ford Transit engine installed in the boot. Selling it would be a challenge though

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Why would any normal user (not a tech head) want this feature? Isn't the success of iPad supposedly predicated on "it just works"? It's not "it just works in two different ways with two different sets of apps depending on which os you're in".

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Here's why!

Coz Windows on Arm doesn't run everything does it. Android does tho... Also this gets around the Signed Kernel issue. ;)

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Re: Here's why!

Though you didn't choose to Reply to my post I guess it's me you're talking to. So explain why, if Android does everything on Arm, I'd want to run windows as well (if I'm a normal user...) Though obviously if my mum was using a tablet the first thing she'd want would be to get round the "signed kernel issue"....

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Come on Google...

The .net platform on android would be win all around.

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Brilliant!

Can't wait to find the magic jellybean.

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microsoft long ago lost sight of what their customers want

You are not a customer of Microsoft. Windows users are not customers of Microsoft. You are customers of OEMs and retailers who are the customers of Microsoft.

Microsoft looks after (or tries to) its customers: the OEMs and retailers. These want to sell more hardware and software more often for more revenue and profit.

If Microsoft could make the hardware run slower a little bit each day so that what was blazing fast in the shop is now turgid and unresponsive compared to new shiny computers in the shop, then that would make their (MS's) customers very happy.

Some think that MS did that.

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Re: microsoft long ago lost sight of what their customers want

Fair point and it probably explains why I find windows so dissatisfying

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Works for me, that's what I want. The simplicity of Android and the scope of Windows. Just get the form factor right and gimme a folding screen, please?

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Metro Sandwich

We take one device, slather it with operating systems, deep fry it in FUD and then dust it with your choice of spray-on antennae, or sweaty captain Balmer funk.

How can it lose?

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Em, hello, HP Touchpad..

I and several hundred thousand other Touchpad owners already have a dual booting tablet and I have to say that I think it works very well. Personally I use webOS far more often but having the choice is a very nice feature.

I wouldn't see MS and Google working together though, more likely HP and Google

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Apple's dominance in the mobile market

Will your hacks report correctly please?

Nokia sold more phones.

Apple earns more not sells more!

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Interesting idea

I don't see it going anywhere, but a dual booting tablet's an interesting idea anyway.

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Haven't I got one of these already?

My HTC HD2 running winmo 6.5/winphone 7 and Android GB/ICS. No?

Hell, I get a Galaxy Note to dual boot WinPhone from the SD and I am there, with a dual boot phonletab/tabphone/tablet (phone as well), phone that's also a tablet.. Ok, I give up with that one. You know the device I mean...

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