Google reportedly asks Asus to dump Android-Windows tablet project

Google asks Asus to dump Android/Windows tablet project, says Chinese newspaper

Leading computer manufacturer Asus has reportedly been asked by Google to dump its Android-Windows dual-OS notebook project. The Transformer Book Duet TD300, whose development has yet to begun, might never get to hit the store, a Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News reports.

Announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Transformer Book Duet is a convertible device which was supposed to run both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2. The Taiwanese giant had planned to ship this device to various markets, including Asia and Europe, by the first quarter of this year. It was then expected to hit US stores by the second quarter.

Besides its ability to run both Android and Windows, plus the ease of switching back and forth between the two different operating systems, the device’s specification were pretty enticing. Sporting a 13.3-inch touch screen IPS full HD display, it was powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core processor coupled with 4 gigs of RAM. The Transformer Book Duet TD300 comes packed with 128GB of SSD storage.

The report comes after Microsoft slashed its Windows pricing by over 70% for OEMs. Asus hasn’t commented on the matter yet. Meanwhile, there are many more dual-OS devices coming out in the market soon. Even Micromax, a leading OEM from India, announced a dual-boot capable tablet called LapTab at CES last month.