The reported objections from Google and Microsoft are a little late to the game. The Asus P1801 and P1802 were introduced more than a year ago, and Samsung announced another Android-Windows PC, the Ativ Q, in 2013 (though it has yet to ship).
However, chipmakers AMD and Intel are both backing the dual-OS concept as a way to get their processors into more and more devices, and hybrid devices were a noticeable trend at this year's CES and Mobile World Conference shows.
The devil's in the details
Even with all the attention, a truly compelling Windows-Android hybrid has yet to appear.
Asus' dual OS all-in-ones weren't entirely practical. In tablet mode the device's 5.73-pound, 18-inch screen meant it wasn't a tablet you'd want to throw in your backpack. The plus $1,000 starting price tag didn't help much either.
The Asus Transformer Book Trio, another Android-Windows hybrid introduced in 2013, was a low-powered Atom device that would only appeal to a select group of users.
The lightweight Duet TD300, however, would have had much broader appeal thanks to its Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 1TB of onboard storage--but according to the Journal we'll never find out just how appealing the TD300 would have been.