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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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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 ->

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