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Acer will be the first company to offer Android-powered netbooks

Google is the top internet search engine and has the top internet advertising network as well. Search and advertising aren’t all that Google is about though. Google launched its own open source operating system for smartphones called Android that came to market first on the T-Mobile G1.

Google has eyes on more for Android than smartphone use and some of the largest computer makers in the world are considering using Android for their netbooks. HP confirmed in April 2009 that it was considering Android for use on some of its netbook models, but pointed out that no firm decision had been made. HP has yet to announce an Android-powered netbook.

Today Acer, the world's number one netbook maker, announced that it would be offering netbooks with Android installed starting in Q3 2009. The move will make Acer the first company to offer Android on a netbook and some think that Android could challenge Microsoft's market dominance.

There has been no word on pricing form Acer, but analysts believe that Windows XP adds about $25 to the price of a netbook according to Reuters. Acer also reports that it plans to launch smartphones running Android later this year as well.

Acer's Jim Wong said, "Today's netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different. If we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then anymore"

Acer wouldn’t speculate on the number of netbooks it expects to ship with Android installed, but considering the return rates on Linux-powered netbooks are significantly higher than windows XP-based netbooks Android had better offer something other Linux varieties can’t. The $25 savings for using Android versus Windows XP might not be enough.

Wong told Reuters, "When we are doing this new Android netbook, we are not going to make the other one (Windows XP-powered) go away. Both systems will still remain available to customers, and one will not go away because of the other."

Analysts point out that with the absence of software that runs on Android, it's far too early to speculate on how the move will affect Microsoft's Windows XP operating system that currently dominates the market.



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Acer's Jim Wong said,
By acase on 6/2/2009 1:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"Today's netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different. If f we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then anymore"


Okay, does he speak that badly or can whoever you copy and pasted this from not type?




RE: Acer's Jim Wong said,
By smackababy on 6/2/2009 1:38:12 PM , Rating: 3
English could be a second, third, even sixth language for Mr. Wong. Just a guess though.

I love how Acer assumes people will take a $25 savings over learning a completely new OS with limited application support.


RE: Acer's Jim Wong said,
By BladeVenom on 6/2/2009 2:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
Most people don't really know how to use Windows so it won't be any different.

You could have said something similar with the iPhone using their own OS, but it's worked for them.


RE: Acer's Jim Wong said,
By smackababy on 6/2/2009 2:11:47 PM , Rating: 3
The iPhone has the marketing from Apple behind it, plus it was an iPod + phone. They were already established in most of what they were doing. I can't refute your original point, except for the fact that Windows is brand recognition to the extreme. I just don't see this grabbing any marketshare, save from a few curious techies. Personally, I hope it is a great OS and takes off. Might get MS working harder.


RE: Acer's Jim Wong said,
By Jackattak on 6/2/2009 2:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You could have said something similar with the iPhone using their own OS, but it's worked for them.


Irrelevant, actually. The iPhone is a phone with the only interface being something entirely new for everyone, therefore it needed an entirely new OS to make the entirely new interface work.

Acer is talking about putting an OS designed for handhelds and phones on a laptop.

I'm not saying it will or won't work (although I have my doubts with how poorly *nix has worked out in the netbook market so far), I'm just saying that the "Apple did it with the iPhone" argument is moot since the iPhone isn't a laptop.


RE: Acer's Jim Wong said,
By SpaceJumper on 6/2/2009 1:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think the quote with invisible characters
" . If f#$!@^& we do not..."


Why is this going to work?
By nafhan on 6/2/2009 2:15:36 PM , Rating: 1
I'm all for Linux adoption and I'd love to get a Google phone, but... why do they think Google branded Linux is going to work any better than the Linux distro with the original EEE PC?
I had a 701 and it was capable of doing anything I'd reasonably want to do with a netbook.




RE: Why is this going to work?
By AlvinCool on 6/2/2009 2:21:30 PM , Rating: 3
Because Google can afford to setup an app store like apple did and the previous distribution did not. Google can make this work simply because they have the up front cash to set the model correctly.


RE: Why is this going to work?
By omnicronx on 6/2/2009 3:07:31 PM , Rating: 2
They can afford to setup an app store just for the desktop variant of android? Chances is are it will still be a PC and not ARM based, so apps from the mobile APP store will not work with the PC version.


RE: Why is this going to work?
By AlvinCool on 6/2/2009 3:42:55 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to rain on your parade but your logic is flawed. Why can't they simply do both? The entire problem with linux is lack of a place to easily secure apps to make the system functional. Think bigger


RE: Why is this going to work?
By omnicronx on 6/2/2009 6:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
Because going forward only a small percentage of apps on the Google Apps store will be written by Google themselves. Even now a large portion of the Apps are user submitted.

Every single App will need to be rewritten, retested and maintained separately from the ARM build.


RE: Why is this going to work?
By JakLee on 6/2/2009 7:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
The key here though is that Google can open the store & sell music, movies, applications (for both phones & netbooks), books, basically anything you want mobile all in one place. If setup properly (and that is the real key) then it could really change the landscape, even more than the ipod did..... of course done wrong and it will just end up another Napster


By foolsgambit11 on 6/4/2009 12:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
I've never looked into the development process for Android apps, so I'm just curious about how apps are set up in Android. I assume from your statement that apps don't run in a virtual machine - or that the Android APIs aren't platform agnostic. I mean, of course, ARM and x86 do different things better, so apps may run smoothly on one platform and not the other even if the OS were platform agnostic. But it shouldn't be that hard, especially since programs written with ARM processors' capabilities in mind will most likely run well on an x86 processor - even the Atom - and conversion should be fairly straightforward, assuming the APIs are the same for Android on a mobile phone and Android on an Eee.


RE: Why is this going to work?
By Pirks on 6/2/2009 2:27:40 PM , Rating: 1
Android on x86 won't fly, but on ARM it's a totally different story. Wanna fanless netbook with a full day work time on a single battery charge? There ya go -> http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/01/video-fanless-e...


By borowki2 on 6/3/2009 8:09:03 AM , Rating: 2
Someone has to say it...




By crystal clear on 6/4/2009 6:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
"Acer is in the process of putting Moblin in the range of its products," said R.C. Chang, chief technology officer at Acer, at a news conference in Taipei. Acer products that will soon run with Moblin Linux include Aspire One nettops, as well as regular laptop and desktop PCs, he said.

Aspire One netbooks already running Moblin were on display at the news conference. Moblin was developed for netbooks,

A number of netbooks were on display at the news conference, running several different versions of Moblin on various netbooks, including Suse Moblin, Xandros Moblin, Linpus Moblin, Red Flag Moblin and Ubuntu Moblin running on netbooks from Hewlett-Packard, Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International and Hasee Computer.

Doug Fisher, vice president of the software and services group at Intel, said his team is aiming for a 5-second bootup for Moblin because mobile users are accustomed to quick boot-up times. The company also continues to optimize Moblin to squeeze the most power savings possible out of its Atom microprocessors, he said.

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