It’s starting to look like we will be seeing netbooks running Google’s Android operating system pretty soon. While Google initially pushed the operating system for cellphones, it can run at least as well on low power computers like netbooks and offers many of the features you’d expect from a desktop operating system including a built in web browser and support for third party applications.
Last month Asus announced that it’s looking at building an Android-powered netbook. And today there are two bits of news out of Google that seem to indicate the company may be working with netbook makers — or at least planning for a future where Android is adopted by computer makers.
DigiTimes reports that Google has set up a team in Taiwan to support Android products. A huge portion of the world’s cellphones and computers are produced in Taiwan. And while it’s possible that Google just wants to have some people on hand to work with cellphone makers, DigiTimes seems to think that netbooks are on the menu as well.
In related news, Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently told analysts that netbooks offer an opportunity for advertising supported services. Google’s pretty good at making money from advertising. And while the company has primarily focused on ad-supported web-based services that can be accessed from any computer or internet connected device, there’s no reason we couldn’t see some of those services integrated more tightly into a computer operating system. Like say, Android on a netbook.