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HP's new Slatebook 14 will run Android OS

We’ve all become accustomed to PCs running Chrome OS these days. Google’s free desktop/notebook operating system is slowly picking up steam in the U.S. market. According to the NDP Group, Chrome OS was installed on 21 percent of consumer notebooks sold in the U.S. from January through November of 2013.
 
A new leaked video shows that HP is readying a new 14” 1080p touchscreen notebook running an operating system from Google. However, this notebook won’t come with Chrome OS — it will run Android.

 
According to 9to5Google, the Slatebook 14 will be fully certified for Google Mobile Services (GMS), meaning that it will have access to the Google Play Store along with Gmail, YouTube, and Maps apps.
 
The Slatebook 14 will reportedly come equipped with a quad-core Tegra 4 or Tegra 1k processor that is paired with 2GB of RAM. Other features will include Beats Audio, HDMI-out, and a cellular connectivity option.
 
HP’s decision to go with Android instead of Chrome OS is a curious one; some people already complain that tablet apps for Android are simply “stretched smartphone apps”, so we’d be interested in seeing what people think of Android apps on a 14” notebook.

Sources: 9to5Google, Notebook Italia



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WTH HP?
By BRB29 on 4/28/2014 12:18:22 PM , Rating: 5
HP once again making bad decisions.




RE: WTH HP?
By BRB29 on 4/28/2014 12:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
and this is a budget laptop with 1080p. Yet their mainstream value models doesn't come standard with 1080p, but an option instead.

I don't think HP management even communicate amongst themselves.


RE: WTH HP?
By FishTankX on 4/28/2014 12:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
That may be in part due to the fact that Android scales well across resolutions. Is windows 8 getting better about DPI scaling?


RE: WTH HP?
By BRB29 on 4/28/2014 12:38:51 PM , Rating: 3
I'm talking about their business decisions, not OS scaling.

Their $600 laptops doesn't offer 1080p standard. This one will likely be cheaper and comes standard with 1080p.


RE: WTH HP?
By Spuke on 4/28/2014 1:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
Should be WTF HP! Geezus, do these guys have even ONE complete brain cell?


RE: WTH HP?
By Richard875yh5 on 4/29/2014 2:02:16 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you such an expert on Android? I think it's a great idea. They are many great Android apps and what's wrong with being able to run them on a machine that has more memory and more of everything? It'll be able to communicate with Android phones or with any cell phone OS. It's a great idea!


RE: WTH HP?
By peterrushkin on 4/28/2014 12:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Who is this for? Who could be the intended market?

This is why HP is in the trouble that its in.

They cannot make any good decisions of late. They have certainly become a player in the market that is easily forgotten about.

After 20 years in the IT biz myself. I cannot think of owning another craptastic HP product now.

Why would anyone lug around a laptop only to surf on? Might as well by a tablet. Or better yet, surface!


RE: WTH HP?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/29/2014 10:01:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Agreed. Who is this for? Who could be the intended market?


uhh like 95%+ of the PC market? Most people Facebook, browse the web, and email and Skype or whatever. All things that Android can do smoothly and competently.

The days of NEEDING Windows is over for a lot of people. You guys need to wake up to that fact.


RE: WTH HP?
By atechfan on 4/29/2014 10:31:41 PM , Rating: 2
When this is a sales flop and is discontinued, I'll remind you that you were its only supporter on here.


By atechfan on 4/29/2014 10:28:45 PM , Rating: 3
they are making themselves the laughingstock of the tech press. How many times do you need to be corrected before you get it right? Chromebooks sold 21% of institutional purchases like schools. That number had nothing to with retail sales, or enterprise sales. Chromebooks sold somewhere just above 1 million units in 2013. Unless you are trying to say that total notebook sales were 5 million for that period, your math is a bit off. I think even the much maligned Surface outsold Chromebooks.




I dunno...
By villageidiotintern on 4/28/2014 2:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
...my Android mini-pc uses my 1080p TV for its monitor and that works pretty well, as a 10 foot interface. That's how it is used. It's OK with a mouse and keyboard, too.

Complaints with this Android mini-PC:
The lack of a printer driver for my usb printer.
The apps are not windowed.

This particular ROM has a driver for an ASIX USB3 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. So there's that. And it has a true 1080p kernel. Built in OK Google command works well from across the room. It has its plusses.




I wonder...
By Souka on 4/29/2014 2:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if you can charge this tablet with the Touchstone charging stand?

Hint: Think HPs last failed tablet...

:)




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