Console OS, an Android-based operating system designed to run on Intel PCs has announced that it will try to support all three members of Microsoft's Surface Pro family of tablets, including the Surface Pro 3.

The team behind Console OS, Mobile Media Ventures, launched a Kickstarter campaign a few weeks ago to help fund the launch of the operating system. With 33 days to go in this effort, it has raised $41,000 on its way to its goal of $50,000.

Even though their main goal has not yet been reached, Mobile Media Ventures has announced they plan to bring Console OS to all three Surface Pro models, but only if they reach their stretch goal of $125,000. The team stated why they need the extra fund to pull this off:

All three Surface Pro models do follow industry standards - UEFI, x86 hardware, and do so in the same chassis as Surface RT. Unfortunately, to pull that off, they use a lot of custom silicon. From a proprietary Wi-Fi and Bluetooth array, to all-new HID configurations on the Surface Pro 3's touch screen, stylus, and Surface Covers - getting Console OS to "manufacturer grade" precision isn't going to be easy.

The plan is to offer some new Kickstarter backer perks in order to help them achieve this stretch goal. The team adds, "We promise if we meet the $125,000 goal, we'll share Console OS on Surface Pro with all, but we'll be offering some additional incentives for those of you who want to back us for a few dollars more."

What do you think of this stretch goal and can the team behind Console OS reach it so it can bring a version of Android to Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets?

Source: Kickstarter


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Windows/Android dual-boot Console OS aims to support Surface Pro 3


I would love to have a Surface Pro 3 with Android on the side. That's the perfect tablet!

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I disagree.
DUALBOOT is an experimentation tool. Its unsatisfactory for just about any routine use under any circumstance.
It just falls to wreckage and ruin due to neglect, and stuff doesn't work when you most need it. I've sworn off dualboot 15 years ago.

You want utility, run one OS in a virtual machine. I've done that on a Surface Pro, and it is quite usable to have another os in a window.

A lot has changed in the past 15 years. Technologies like UEFI and GPT ensure that we can safely dual-boot and run the installer in a manner that even the average user can easily accomplish. We're breaking new ground with Console OS, but we're using technologies that are tried and true in this department.

And, in the long run, we hope you'll stay in Console OS as your primary operating system - our main goal is to scale Android up to be a primary PC and PC Tablet OS.

You're missing the entire point of icebike's comment, which had nothing to do with the difficulty or safety in dual-booting. It was purelya bout user experience, and I have to agree with him. As someone who used to dual-boot OSes, one would be used heavily, and the other almost never used. When I'd use the other OS I'd find it out of date, in need of maintenance, and far less usable because unlike my primary OS, or other computer, it wasn't being regularly used, maintained, and modified to fit my daily needs. It's a use-case issue, not a technological hurdle that you can overcome.

We're focused on the user side too - we're building a hypervisor atop XenGT to bypass the limitations of conventional VMs that fall apart when running Android.

We have to get dual-boot working first though, and there is strong market demand for dual-boot. I disagree that the demand for that isn't there - as does my feedback inbox.

It can also be an issue of resources. My computer is not a high performance computer. I have it dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.10 because it is not capable of smoothly running a Virtual Machine in Windows. It can run Ubuntu in a VM on Ubuntu. So I have Windows when I need tools I cant find on Ubuntu, and Ubuntu for better integration of VPN, Torrents. Dual boot is a financially easy choice.

It's not 1999 anymore grandpa dual booting is great

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That's hilarious.
1999 was about the last time dual boot was necessary or even useful.
All the cool kids are doing virtual machines these days, running many OS's at the same time.
Its 2014 son, time to wake up to the real world.

Your missing the point on the fly no matter how big this gets or supporters. It's about making the best use and giving android an up level not using software to run a lower end operating system. You realise that in the end of such project if there is one? Android already has a better ability on the cloud level over competitors due to the size of apps and how it is installed. If console IS gets off ground they will need to kick start a software designer kick start
. This is too big of a project in the long run.

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i agree with icebike.. did we really need this ? and why we need console os instead of wasting hard drive space for this matter...??

Console OS already will support dozens of other systems. If you don't want Surface Pro, don't worry - Console OS supports everything from 2-in-1's to garden variety PC Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops.

lol...ya BUT only if your garden variety PC Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops are not more
than 2 years old and boot only uEFI on a GPT disk,,,,,any BIOS/MBR disk systems
NOT supported.......this is a fork of android-ia by Intel....doesn't support older stuff....only wants you to
buy their latest stuff....

While I still like the idea, it's still a non-starter for me without Google Play Services and the Play Store. I understand why they can't get that approval, so I'm not blaming the developers for it, but it kills its utility for me and the average person.

We will never stand in the way of the Google Play Store being offered for Console OS. Watching the walled gardens rise is precisely what inspired us to build a consumer-friendly fork of Android for the desktop and for high-performance gaming too.

But, until then, we are going to offer a Google Play Import tool (so you can sync over Play Store-purchased games and apps), as well as our own Google services connectors. For most services, you won't miss much, if anything. From YouTube to Gmail, we know users want as-good-as-Google interactivity. But it isn't free to build, hence Kickstarter.

Wait, Console OS won't have the Google Play Store? I thought the store was directly mentioned in one of their earlier demo videos. Wasn't the play store one of the main features that was supposed to set Console OS apart from other VM's? Something like "native android in its native environment"

Perhaps the google play limitation was a recent setback/discovery?

Hope this actually ends up working out so that it can be installed on any PC system with the appropriate specs. I'm working on running elementary os on an older system, and it's working great. It does great with dual monitors, and is naturally suited to mouse input.
Console OS might be with it if they can make it work better with traditional computer inputs. That's something the Android x86 project is lacking in.
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Sounds interesting. I love my Surface Pro 3, but the lack of dedicated tablet apps is a bit disappointing. Full PC program scaling usually is a bit odd on the screen resolution for legacy Windows programs.

Got Nexus?