with the new, and out with the old, ASUS says. The company
Windows in at least one of its upcoming EeePC tablets and
switching to the increasingly attractive Android OS from
Google.ASUS is preparing
two tablets for launch -- a 10" display, 675g (1.5 lb)
chassis model and a larger 12.1" display variant. Both
devices were demoed at Computex 2010.The larger tablet used a
full install of Windows 7 Home Premium -- that much remains
unchanged, as of now. The smaller tablet, though, was first
shown off with a Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating
system, which now appears to have been ditched in favor of
Android.The 10" Eee Pad 101TC is reportedly
currently running Android
2.2 "Froyo", but will ship with "Gingerbread",
also known as Android
3.0. Android 3.0 is expected to land during the holiday
season. ASUS may even opt to wait till CES 2011 to announced
the final production plans, according to some rumors.For ASUS
the upcoming tablet series is critical. The company, which
launched the netbook craze, has seen the torch stolen
by Apple, as the market cools to netbooks and heats up to
tablets. Apple itself has been vocal in predicting the demise
of the netbook movement. However, if ASUS can craft a more
functional, cheaper alternative to the iPad, it could well return to
glory.ASUS is not the only key player opting with Android
over Windows -- Dell also is using
Android for its tablets. Meanwhile HP's tablets
to run on webOS from its recent acquisition Palm. That
means that the 12.1" Eee Pad EP121 may be an
endangered species -- the only high-profile upcoming Windows tablet
from a major manufacturer. Despite that, Microsoft insists that
given up on tablets.
quote: They ARE NOT intended to be database managing, photoshoping, and game design workhorses.
quote: But we're all still wrong.
quote: And the fact that you actually believe there will be a way to install Windows on a locked down tablet is SO telling of your ignorance on these issues.
quote: Quote me on where I said that, Please.