The last release of Google’s sensational Android OS named the Ice Cream Sandwich did not receive such a warm hearted welcome as its predecessors did. Android 4.0 was designed with the aim of running equally well on both smartphones and tablets combining the best features of it’s Gingerbread and HoneyComb versions. Though it was garnished with some tempting features and agility to perform well with web based applications it saw a downfall in acquiring the targeted market share. Figures acquired at the beginning of this year depict a horrible scenario of only 1% devices running the 4.0 version where as the Gingerbread is used by almost 58% of the devices.
In-order to regain its foothold in the market Google is rushing the release of its new version codenamed Jelly Bean which is in accordance with the desert themed, alphabetical order, naming convention company has adopted. The surprise here is that this new version would be completely aimed at notebooks and tablets combining the features of it’s Chrome operating system designed only for netbooks. This version will not only be for Google’s own platforms but the idea is to allow its partners to have a dual boot option in their tablets. The company aspires of allowing users to have both Windows 8 and Android on the same tablet and let them hot swap between the two without the need of rebooting.
Chrome couldn’t get as much market share as anticipated in the past because it lacked the robustness windows enabled devices would provide to business oriented users or users with computing needs beyond web surfing. Yes, Chrome is good only for web based work such as integration with Google’s already existing online services such as calendar, mail and docs.
With Windows 8 on the verge of release the company fears a further loss in market share and has moved the release date to the end of second quarter of the year so as to compete with Microsoft’s launch.
Although there might be an issue of adding dual boot to window’s enabled, ARM processor based tablets as Microsoft has set the policy of using Secure Boot for such tablets. Therefore, Microsoft might not let tablet makers to allow both operating systems within the same tablet.
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