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NEC’s MGX prototype is a super-slim Android netbook

What do we have here? This isn't the first netbook we've seen running Android, but it is one of the most Interesting. Japanese manufacturer NEC has revealed the MGX, an Android-powered device in the "pocket translator" form factor popular across Asia. The device is in the early stages of development - you can see it's running Android 1.5 or 1.6 in the photo below.

Asus Eee Pad pics surface ahead of CES

It’s been a while since we talked about the Eee Pad, we first heard about the thing back in July when it was rumored to be getting Android rather than Windows. The Eee Pad is expected to debut at CES starting next week and ahead of the expected debut we have some new pics of the thing to check out.

NEC dual-screen Android tablet & Android netbook incoming

NEC will launch a dual-touchscreen version of their LifeTouch/Smartia tablet at CES 2011 next month, though full details of the presumably clamshell device are currently unknown. According to PC World, the tablet - which will also carry the LifeTouch brand - has a pair of 7-inch touchscreens which can show different information simultaneously. There's also confirmed WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, but the version of Android NEC expects to use is unclear. The company will also be showing an Android-based netbook. Note, the image here is just a mockup. [via SlashGear]

Acer promise Android/Windows 7 for all new dual-core netbooks

Acer apparently intends to make all of its upcoming dual-core netbooks run two OSes: Windows 7 and Android.  According to DigiTimes, Acer confirmed their intention at a recent netbook press conference. The company has released two dual-booting netbooks in previous months, first the Aspire One D250 and then the Aspire One D260.  Both prioritized Windows 7 for general use, but also included Android for faster access to the internet, multimedia and messaging.

Intel x86 Android 2.2 port due in next two months

Intel are planning to release an x86 version of Android 2.2 Froyo sometime within the next two months, in the hope that the release will encourage developers to use the fashionable Google platform on Atom based netbooks and tablets.  Speaking to APC, Intel's senior VP for software and services Renee James confirmed that not only was the project underway for a summer release, the company would be feeding back their code into the open-source project for other Android developers to take advantage of. "All of the (x86) code will be fed back into the open branch that will be created for x86" he explained, going on to suggest that the process as a whole hadn't been especially troublesome for Intel's engineers.  "[Porting the OS] wasn’t tremendously difficult, as we have a lot experience in Linux" he said.

Android Toshiba AC100 MID announced [Video]

Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.  The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others.  Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional.  No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010.  For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]

Acer Aspire One D260 Android Compatible Netbook

Acer recently announced the D260 netbook. This netbook will have the ability to dual boot Windows 7 and Android. It will be released on July 1st, finally an Android netbook/tablet type device that we can actually go out and purchase.

Toshiba AC100-114 Android 2.1 netbook

Sorry for the picture below but it’s the best we have at the moment. For most, this is a welcome change from all the tablet and slate talk. Toshiba has an Android netbook in the works and it is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset. This is a 10-inch netbook that was originally going to ship with Windows 7 now it’s going to be preload with Android.

Marvell’s 10-inch Android tablet

Engadget was lucky enough to spend a little quality time with this ultra sleek Android tablet from Marvell. It has a brushed metal case and a front facing camera. Marvell had this beautiful netbook on display at the Netbook Summit.
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