BY | January 14, 2013

Google is taking its android to PCs. Android for desktops Vs Windows 8 comparison may look out of place right now, but this is certain to happen thanks to increasing touch enabled PCs and laptops being launched every other day, says Abdul Vahid V

Google Android is heading to desktops; no joke. It is going to happen in near future. At CES 2013, we have seen a couple of large smart monitors from ViewSonic with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Beyond that, Google is reportedly working to take Android to complete desktops PCs, notebooks and laptops. As per a Patently Apple report, Google has applied for a patent for taking its Linux-based free mobile OS to PCs.

“A recent patent filing by Google surprisingly indicates that they’re seriously eying the desktop and notebook markets for Android,” Patently Apple writes. The site further notes that it has received enough clues for Google’s work on Android for x86 projects. The company is also under process of considering a list of other Intel-Android linked projects. Arrival of Android on desktop will be a big challenge for Microsoft and its newest OS version the Windows 8.

Currently, Android dominates over Microsoft’s mobile and tablet software counterparts; the Windows Phone 8 for phones and Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro for tablets. But, in future, Android for desktop may lift critical threat to Windows 8. Indeed, recent reports and developments point light to this factor. Apart from ViewSonic’s two smart monitors with Android, many more products are expected for sooner release with Android OS.

ViewSonic Android Smart Monitors: The American tech maker stunned CES spectators with two amazing monitors. They are 22-inch ViewSonic VSD220 and 24-inch ViewSonic VSD240. They are up with incredible specs. The monitors run Android 4.0 ICS, the version which is being replaced with Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean on mobile phones and tablets. The machines mount 1920×1080 pixel screens with dual touch and pinch-to-zoom capability like a mobile or tablet PC.

The ViewSonic monitors sport a couple of Full USB ports, one microUSB port, two 1.5-watt speakers and a 1.3MP front camera with 720p video recording facility. Amazingly, the PC compatible smart monitors also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack and DC-in jack for power supply. That is, they are themselves two standalone high-tech PCs with Android, and as well they can be connected with PCs.

Asus All-In-One PCs with Windows 8 and Android: Asus first talked about its AIO with Windows 8 and Android at the Computex Taipei. Now it is again in the news with CES 2013. It is a massive 18.5-inch PC with separated processing units for Windows 8 and Google Android. It will mount an Intel Core i3 to i7 processor for Windows 8 and a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor for Android. So it will be both a high-end Windows PC and a larger Android tablet, at the same time.

Android for PC Vs Windows 8
Android is a highly popular mobile OS platform. It has now taken over all its competitors including Apple’s iOS in mobile industry. The most peculiar thing with Android is that it is open-source software. Many people prefer Android on their handhelds as they wish to be a part of an open source project. Another great thing is that it is stunningly easier to handle Android interface. One more vital thing is that it allows third party app and product developers generously and free.

In all the above three significant areas, Microsoft Windows has some set of disturbing restrictions. See, first of all, it is not open source, but a closed platform. Secondly, it is not that easy to use Windows’ interface as you can do with Android. And finally Windows has too many restrictions in its approach to third party developers. The company still charges OEMs for the software and programs. All these things will bring bad results for Windows if Android comes to desktop market seriously.

Can we think of a time where Android will gain domination in PC market as well? Sure, we can’t tell, no. Because, it looks that there is a good chance for a platform like Android in PC market. The long-dominating Windows and Apple OS X may lose some important space once Android is active in the mobile industry.

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  • Tommy

    The thing is, if Google’s going to bring Android to the desktop computer, it needs to not make the same clumsy mistake as Windows 8 did. Windows 8 makes it impossibe too arrange more than two applications on the screen at once. So Android needs to come up with some kind of windowing system for its applications for full-size computers if it’s going to succeed in that market. I don’t want phone applications on my desktop computer that’s connected to my 48 inch TV and surround sound system. I have a lot of screen space, so I want it to be used to its full potential.

  • rubin pham

    bringing android to the desktop make perfect sense. this is especially true if you want to compare windows 8 vs android. both are made for touchscreen. the main difference is android is way more intuitive than windows 8.

  • fajay

    If only android could backwards compatible older win xp orograms installed on there os! Because win 8 cant