Asus Android netbook may be on hold

Just when we thought that Android was set to make its way into all sorts of devices from PMPs to netbooks, the OS hits a bit of a roadblock. Android is apparently stumbling ahead of a launch on netbook computers. Asus was eyeing entering into the Android market with a netbook that would run the open source OS. PC World reports that the Android netbook appears to be stalled. Asus CEO Jerry Shen says that it sees no clear market for smartbooks either.

Google Chrome OS promises web-based netbook platform by late 2010

Google have announced their latest project, Google Chrome OS, an open-source platform for x86 and ARM based netbooks, notebooks and computers.  Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates.  Chrome OS has at its heart a Linux kernel, with Chrome running within a new windowing system. Google Chrome OS will first appear on netbooks in the second-half of 2010, with the search giant apparently already in talks with manufacturers regarding distribution.  Prior to that, however, they will make Chrome OS open-source later on in 2009, allowing developers to get to grips with the platform. Since most of the user experience will take place on the web, with users interacting with web-apps, developers will be able to use existing coding skills to create software that not only runs on Google Chrome OS but any standards-based cross-platform browser.  As for Android, that remains a going concern for Google, with the company suggesting that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google" in the areas where the two platforms overlap.

Dell working on Android-powered device

We already know that several of the largest computer makers on the planet are looking at entering into the smartphone market. We also already know that several of the companies are looking to Android as the OS for the devices. The Washington Post reports that Dell is working on an Android-powered device, but the device isn't the long anticipated Dell smartphone. The device is believed to be an Android-powered MID that will connect to the Web, but not make calls along the lines of the iPod touch.

Android will chip away at Windows’ PC dominance

Acer has already made official its intention to field an Android powered netbook in Q3 of 2009. Along with Acer will come more computer makers as firms try the alternative OS to reduce costs. Dell and HP are also both looking at selling Android powered netbooks. The Wall Street Journal reports that analysts believe Android will slowly chip away at the dominance of Windows in the notebook and netbook market. Some also predict that Android will eventually turn up on desktop computers as well. With the backing of a major player like Google, Android is able to better draw attention and developers to its operating system than some of the other flavors of Linux.

Netbook runs Windows and Android

I am a big netbook fan, but when it comes to any computer be it my desktop or my netbook I really want Windows. For all the good and bad that comes with Windows, at least I know that I can get the software I need on my computer. With return rates on netbooks using alternative OS' much higher than Windows netbooks, the average consumer feels about the same. I do like the idea of being able to try something like Android on a netbook and having Windows there so I can use my Office software or other applications when I need to.

Android netbooks unveiled

Acer officially confirmed this week that it would be launching Android-powered netbooks in Q3 2009. That official launch window is still months away, but the top netbook maker on the planet was showing the machine off at Computex. The Acer Aspire One D250 was spied at the show running Android as its operating system. Acer was fast to point out that the rig seen wasn't the actual product but merely a test bed system. Another Android-powered machine has popped up as well.

ECS T800 netbook rocks Android OS at Computex [Video]

Acer's netbook announcement earlier is all of a sudden terribly less important to us, having seen ECS' Android netbook offering.  The T800 is another new Computex 2009 showing, boasting a Sony VAIO P-style form-factor with an 8.1-inch widescreen LCD display and a choice of 800MHz or 1GHz TI OMAP3 processors. Inside the 246 x 121 x 20 mm casing lurks a 2.5-inch drive bay suitable for SSD or HDD storage, plus two Mini-PCIe card slots that ECS suggest you could employ for dual HSPA and WiMAX connectivity.  There are two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. A choice of 0.3- or 1.3-megapixel webcams and 512MB of RAM round out the main specs.  Best of all is the price: ECS are saying it'll drop in the second half of 2009, priced under $500. [youtube][/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Acer confirm Android netbook in Q3

Acer has confirmed that it will be the first company to ship Android-based netbooks, with the budget ultraportables expected to hit the market in Q3 2009.  The Android netbooks will go on sale alongside Acer's Windows-based range, rather than replacing it, and be based on Intel's Atom processor.  According to Acer's global president for IT products, Jim Wong, "today's netbooks are not close to perfection at all" and that "if we do not continue to change our mobile internet devices, consumers may not choose them any more."  However there's still work to be done fettling Android in its netbook guise: "we'll still have to see what kind of applications the Android software can run on and how stable it will be" commented Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Securities. No specific release dates have been shared, beyond the Q3 window, and Wong declined to comment on possible pricing.  Analysts have previously estimated that a Windows XP license adds $25 to the cost of the average netbook; Microsoft have justified that by claiming buyers are looking for a similar mobile environment as they are used to on their desktops.  Earlier this year, Compal - the OEM behind Acer's Aspire One netbooks - were tipped to be developing an Android netbook.

Android based Qualcomm Snapdragon Smartbooks [Video]

Computex 2009 is taking place this week, and Qualcomm have kicked things off with a netbook running Android.  Actually, this is a Smartbook, not a netbook, and rather than using the typical Atom processor it's based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. That means the Smartbook - which is thinner than the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA - can be fanless and offer super-long runtimes and standby, despite supporting 720p video playback.  Various prototypes of Smartbook designs were shown; you can see more here. According to Qualcomm, the first Smartbooks - which can also use a new 1.3GHz chipset, and an existing 1.5GHz dual-core version - will hit the shelves by the end of 2009.  No word on whether Android will be among the OSes offered, but given its native support for 3G WWAN, GPS and other wireless connectivity, and the fact that Qualcomm's chipsets offer all of those, it seems a likely choice for at least some manufacturers. jkkmobile video demo: [youtube][/youtube] TweakTown video demo:
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