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post #11 of 42
If they had done this 5 years ago, they might actually have had some life in the mobile & tablet sphere. As it is, it's a nice move but I'm guessing too little too late.
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SO basically I can swap my monitor for a 8 inch screen, send Microsoft a screenshot and demand my free windows 8.1 disk.
My desktop then qualifies as a device with a creen under 9 inches smile.gif
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Originally Posted by iTzHughie View Post

SO basically I can swap my monitor for a 8 inch screen, send Microsoft a screenshot and demand my free windows 8.1 disk.
My desktop then qualifies as a device with a creen under 9 inches smile.gif
People, this still says "FOR SMARTPHONES AND SMALL TABLETS" only. You gotta read the article wink.gif
(not just picking on you)
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I've never looked into it...any one know if phone manufactures have to pay for Android? I mean I know its open source, but I don't know if they have to pay any licensing or fees to get an OS made for their hardware that they are allowed to sell. Though, I'd be highly surprised if any one was forced to pay anything. There are custom ROMs everywhere for android phones.

Apple wouldn't pay anything extra for the iOS since they own it

So only a Windows phone would have had a fee just for the OS.
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Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn View Post

Can I hack the crap out of this? Does this AIO support external monitors?

Looks like a counter to Chromebooks, but I honestly can't see people buying a 9" laptop. Make it free for 13" and under and I can see some use. Tablets? They're more of a trend than anything, at least from some numbers I've seen.

EDIT: Wait, no. Phones and tablets only. No laptops or ultrabooks or netbooks or notebooks mentioned. frown.gif

Even netbooks come with a 10" screen at minimum. This is targeted at low-cost, low-margin devices.

There are some 8" tablets with HDMI output for external support that run full Windows 8.1, but they're somewhat rare. Hopefully they'll become more common as time goes on. The Toshiba Satellite Encore is one.
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Originally Posted by BigMack70 View Post

If they had done this 5 years ago, they might actually have had some life in the mobile & tablet sphere. As it is, it's a nice move but I'm guessing too little too late.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro has been rather successful, and this move would only make devices like the Venue 8 Pro cheaper.
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I've never looked into it...any one know if phone manufactures have to pay for Android? I mean I know its open source, but I don't know if they have to pay any licensing or fees to get an OS made for their hardware that they are allowed to sell. Though, I'd be highly surprised if any one was forced to pay anything. There are custom ROMs everywhere for android phones.

Apple wouldn't pay anything extra for the iOS since they own it

So only a Windows phone would have had a fee just for the OS.

I believe Android is free for OEMs.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

I've never looked into it...any one know if phone manufactures have to pay for Android? I mean I know its open source, but I don't know if they have to pay any licensing or fees to get an OS made for their hardware that they are allowed to sell. Though, I'd be highly surprised if any one was forced to pay anything. There are custom ROMs everywhere for android phones.

Apple wouldn't pay anything extra for the iOS since they own it

So only a Windows phone would have had a fee just for the OS.

Android is free for OEMs, but you have to pay Google a (per device)fee to ship Google app(Play store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc) with it
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People, this still says "FOR SMARTPHONES AND SMALL TABLETS" only. You gotta read the article wink.gif
(not just picking on you)

I know, I know. I was just being silly tongue.gif
post #18 of 42
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I think its a good move. They have been shooting them selfs for so long, let them heal. Hope they change things now, all they need to do is "LISTEN" to customers.

Listening to customers isn't as easy as it sounds. Consumers sometimes contradict each other constantly. wink.gif
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Free from manufacturers to buy license.

Which in turn means we should see prices for the devices come down...I almost choked on my coffee from laughter at that thought.
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I don't think this will really change anything. The device manufactures clearly want an OS that they can customize, so thats why they use Android on most flagships. WP is still going to be closed meaning No UI skins.
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