PC World is reporting this morning that a handful of traditional Windows PC makers will introduce new machines able to run Android apps as well. PC World doesn’t give its sources out. They only say that two analysts have said that multiple OEMs will introduce what they are calling “PC Plus” at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies mentioned PC Plus in passing in a Dec. 16 piece he authored for Time. “A PC Plus machine will run Windows 8.1 but will also run Android apps as well,” Bajarin wrote, adding that the initiative would be backed by chip maker Intel. “They are doing this through software emulation. I’m not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is their way to try and bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem.”
Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, confirmed the project. “This is going to make buzz at CES,” said Moorhead in an interview. “OEMs will be trumpeting this … it’s going to be a very hot topic [at the trade show].”
There is another project that has done something similar called Blue Stacks but it’s being reported that PC Plus does not run on Blue Stacks and this is definetly something brand new. It sounds like some in the know are very excited for this, it remains to be seen what happens. I guess we’ll find out at CES 2014. Who knows, maybe this will lead to Windows Phone 8.1 running Android apps as well. You never can tell exactly what’s going on in the industry. Hit the link below for source.
Source: PC World
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