During the run up to CES earlier this year there were rumours that ASUS were planning to unveil a new laptop/tablet hybrid that allowed the user to seamlessly switch between both Windows and Android operating systems. The company did unveil the device at CES with a North American launch planned for the end of March but it seems that this might not happen anymore as the device has reportedly been cancelled by ASUS due to pressure from Google.
The Laptop/Tablet hybrid had a great concept and it was great to see two opposing operating systems work together so well, it was both a fully fledged Android and Windows powered tablet as well as a full on Windows laptop that could also run Android, it all sounds great, but it did need both Google and Microsoft to agree to work together.
According to a report from Digitimes, the Chinese-language publication Economic Daily News reported that ASUS are cancelling the device due to resistance from Google. According to the paper ASUS declined to comment.
Details behind the reported cancellation are pretty thin and with no statements being issued by either ASUS or Google it’s probably best to take this information with a pinch of salt until more definitive details surface.