HP Does Android, Experimentally

By  |  Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:31 am

Spotted Wednesday evening at Digital Experience, an unofficial press event here in Las Vegas during CES week: an HP netbook with Google’s Android OS, a touchscreen, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It bears a familial resemblance to HP’s Mini netbooks, but has been rethought in multiple ways–for instance, it lacks the row of function keys that’s standard equipment on all Windows PCs and Macs.

This machine’s presence at the show isn’t nearly the big deal it might be, for one simple reason: HP says it’s just experimenting with Android. This is a concept PC, and there’s no news about its chances of turning into a shipping product you can buy. Still, you gotta figure that if HP has gone through the bother of building this prototype, there’s a real chance it’ll commercialize it in 2010. Unless, that is, it decides to scrap the Android OS and begin over again with Google’s Chrome OS


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. IcyFog Says:

    Too bad HP is tied so tightly to Microsoft that the computer maker can only experiment with an alternative operating system. I’d like to have a real choice when or if I ever choose to buy a PC. Right now my only “choice” when buying a PC is going with Windows, and I can’t go for that.

  2. David Worthington Says:

    HP has shipped PCs with Linux in the past.

  3. steven Says:

    I’d like to have a real choice whenever I choose to buy a PC. Right now, the only choice is Windows because Snow Leopard is dated and Linux is just missing too much functionality to be a viable replacement. It’s a good thing that HP values it supply partners like Microsoft and offers products that consumers actually, you know, want.

  4. weeee Says:

    "No warranty"
    Pretty much sums up any HP product.
    No if they put the OS on a competitors netbook i would buy it:P