Android May Start Appearing on Netbooks

By  |  Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 8:00 am

Google AndroidThe Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that HP and other manufacturers are considering using Google’s Android on netbooks. HP has confirmed the report, saying it is considering using the OS, however has made no final decisions on the matter. Asustek and Dell are also said to be considering similiar moves.

Using Android on netbooks does not come without pitfalls. While Linux graced early models, manufacturers turned to Windows to allow the devices to run popular programs, and in turn make them more marketable.

However, at the same time, Windows is expensive to put on the netbook. As these devices sell at prices typically well below $500, a non-Windows model could viably sell for under $200, say analysts.

There is no charge to use Android at the moment, a move by Google to spur quick adoption of its product.

Will it work? I’m guessing it probably won’t, unless Google can figure out how to overcome the software hurdle. While these PCs are cheap, consumers have shown a preference for the familiar, and putting Windows on these netbooks have proven to be the kick in the pants netbooks needed.

Heck, I’m a Mac guy and I have seriously been considering an Acer Aspire One everytime I walk by it at Wal-Mart. The price is attractive, and that would be great for conferences.



3 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    People seem to forget that Windows licenses on netbooks aren’t sold at retail prices. The XP Home license on most netbooks is roughly $20.

    If not including Windows on netbooks could knock over $200 off the price tag, why are the current Linux models the same price?

  2. IcyFog Says:

    Is this another April Fools story? I don’t foresee Microsoft giving up its death grip with those computer manufactures.

  3. Tom B Says:

    I thought LINUX on netbooks was doing pretty well?