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If you thought an Acer netbook running Android would be cheaper than the same system running Windows, you thought wrong. It’s not your fault, though. When Acer originally said they’d be offering Android on netbooks, they left out one key detail, reports DigiTimes. The netbooks will […]

acer-aspire-one-10-inchIf you thought an Acer netbook running Android would be cheaper than the same system running Windows, you thought wrong. It’s not your fault, though. When Acer originally said they’d be offering Android on netbooks, they left out one key detail, reports DigiTimes. The netbooks will actually include a Windows license as well, so you can boot into one or the other operating system.

Considering the fact that Android on a netbook is still a new concept for many, I’m not terribly surprised by this development. For better or for worse, it’s essentially still a “Windows world” out there — it’s the OS that sells the most, so a hardware vendor is swimming against the current if they drop Windows from a particular device. I’m actually finding the concept of Android on a netbook very appealing and have for some time. Folks telling me that they don’t understand why are looking at today’s version of Android. I’m trying to look ahead and skate where the puck will be, not where it is. I see a rich platform with tons of potential. So much so that I’ve been researching the Android build for the ASUS Eee PC 701 to see if I can create one for my MSI Wind.

  1. Kevin, please allow me to at least suggest to you a slightly different position.
    A good OS still goes as far as the applications that run on it take it. For many the new Ubuntu would be fine but they just don’t get the full environment of applications that they are used to, be it games or more professional software (which is still used at home).
    Its an ecosystem and although in the past it was easier for handheld devices, just look how much is being put into application development on smartphones.
    With all that said, Android application are targeted to smaller devices, and thus I would conclude that with all its brilliant potential, the right market that it should aim for is the new MID-smartphone one. Intel has already confirmed Moorestown integration with the Android RT. Windows will not get that ATM.
    I hope that I makes sense …
    Tal

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    1. Tal, what you’re saying makes perfect sense of course. But again, that viewpoint is constrained to Android today, as it stands now. You said “Android applications are targeted to smaller devices” and you’re absolutely right. Why would current Android apps be targeted to anything else since the only devices that run the OS are handhelds?

      Once other devices become available however, wouldn’t you think that some developers will build apps for them? Might some shops with handheld apps look to potentially scale them to a larger screen? I think they would and of course, I could be very wrong in that thought. I’m simply trying to look long-term here. Appreciate your thoughts and perspective!

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  2. Obviously this might be the way it will work out eventually.
    Just that the other option of not competing with Windows and going after a huge though fragmented market of MID/smartphones with all their force, might be an easier route for the company.
    I will also confess that I want you to be right. Alas, MS decided to make it right for once with Windows7 after so long. Couldn’t they have waited for a year or two more :)

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  3. turn.self.off Friday, June 5, 2009

    interestingly, the same way of thinking could be applied to say windows mobile.

    its a chicken and egg thing, if the hardware is not there, the apps wont come, but if the apps are not there, the hardware companies will be hesitant…

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  4. I think this is a REALLY exciting configuration! Kinda like Splashtop, except your quick-boot OS is VERY powerful & NET-connected OS!

    The dual boot gives you the option to use Windows, if you need to. Otherwise, Android offers you the benefits of fast boot & runtime, super long battery life, touch-optimized UI, location-based services, cell phone calls, SMS/MMS, multi-media playback, and access to all the other cool apps in the Android Market.

    My vote is for this to be standard on all netbooks…perhaps with Windows sold as an optional add-on.

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