While Dell hasn’t publicly said anything about an upcoming netbook that would run an operating system besides Windows or Linux, software company Bsquare seems to think Dell’s got a Google Android netbook in the works. Because Bsquare issued a press release today letting the public know that the company is porting Adobe Flash Lite 3.17 to work with Google Android — specifically for netbooks from Dell that would run that operating system.
There’s absolutely no information about the netbook in the release, but if Dell is developing an Android powered netbook it opens up a world of possibilities. So far, all of Dell’s 9, 10, and 12 inch netbooks have used Intel Atom processors. And while you can run Android on a device with an Atom or other x86 CPU, the operating system also runs well on low power ARM-based processors, which are generally cheaper and capable of delivering better battery life.
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Am I crazy to think Dell is the wrong vendor to bring out a “differentiator in the space” netbook? Don’t get me wrong, I like Dell, but they are the bland box company. They made a cell phone that was so boring they decided not to bring it to market. I wish them luck, but just don’t see them as the innovators of the industry.
That’s it, I need to start looking around to see what software developers are actually doing with this OS. It seems to be coming on strong as a possible differentiator in the space…and a rather welcome one, at that.
And hey, Flash Lite 3 support H.264 based flash videos! Hulu for all, and since it’s actually meant to work on cellphones and such, it might even *work*…
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