June 2, 2009

Invasion of the Android Snatchers

Article Source Linux Journal
June 2, 2009, 3:50 pm

Android — the mobile phone platform, not the AI-bearing robots — is the buzzword of the moment for netbook developers. Though the majority of the ultra-light devices are said to be utilizing a massively scaled down version of Windows XP — despite favoring Linux initially — the über-portable boxen are poised to be Googlified.

Taipei — or more accurately, Computex Taipei — is the hot place to be this week, at least if you're an Android-based netbook. The devices have been popping up like prairie dogs at the show, with Asus, Acer, and ECS, among others, debuting devices with the Google-born mobile OS. Acer is poised to be the first to market with an Android-based netbook — although Chinese firm Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies describes their own Android-powered box as being in "final testing" — promising its Aspire One with Android in the third quarter of this year. The Acer machine, which features the same processor used in all Aspire One systems — the Intel Atom — boasts specs the appear to be fairly close to those offered by the existing Windows-based Aspires...

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