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Asus has no plans to launch an ARM, Android-based smartbook anytime soon

Asus teased a few journalists and bloggers with a prototype of a netbook running Google Android and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragom processor on the eve of Computex in June. But the prototype hasn’t been seen since, and according to PC World, it may never see the light of day. Asus CEO Jerry Shen reportedly […]

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Thundersoft makes Google Android act like a desktop operating system

When computer makers started talking about using the Google Android operating system on netbooks earlier this year, I kind of laughed and moved on. After all, the OS was developed for cellphones with tiny touchscreens, not mini-laptops with higher resolution screens, keyboards, and touchpads. But software company ThunderSoft is making me think twice about Google […]

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Acer to launch dual boot Androids, Windows netbook in August?

Acer is reportedly preparing to launch a netbook that runs both Windows and the Google Android operating system as soon as next month. Digitimes reports that this will make Acer the first major computer maker to bring an Android-powered netbook to market, even if it’s possible that some users will never boot into Google’s operating […]

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NVIDIA: Windows CE is better than Android for Tegra smartbooks

NVIDIA’s Tegra platform combines a low power ARM-based processor with NVIDIA graphics to power ultraportable devices capable of displaying 1080p video over HDMI while using very little power. But ARM processors, which are much more common in cellphones than laptops these days, don’t run Windows. Or rather, Microsoft hasn’t ported Windows XP, Vista, or 7 […]

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Why ARM based Smartbooks might fail… and why they might not

There are two major trends in the netbook space today. On the one hand, PC makers are putting out ultraportable laptops with bigger screens and keyboards and faster processors. We’re talking 11 and 12 inch models with Intel CULV or AMD NEO chips. These machines might not strictly fit last year’s definition of a netbook. […]

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Gartner analysts claim Android is snappier on Arm than Windows 7 on Atom

Several computer makers were showing off netbook and smartbook prototypes running Google Android at the Computex trade show earlier this month. While the operating system was originally designed for cellphones with small screens and relatively slow processors, Google Android can be tweaked to play well with larger displays, and a decent array of processors. And […]

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BenQ to introduce Google Android netbook in 2010

BenQ plans to add a Google Android powered netbook to its mini-laptop lineup next year. The company will also be launching a smartphone running Google’s operating system, but I personally find that a lot less interesting, since Google Android was designed to run on phones, after all. BenQ already has a few netbooks on the […]

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Compal demos Google Android netbook with Snapdragon CPU – Video

Computer maker Compal is showing off one of those Google Android netbooks we first heard the company would be developing back in April. The netbook on display at Computex has a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and what looks like a 9 or 10 inch display and a nearly full sized keyboard. Compal is being shy with […]

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Acer’s upcoming Android netbook will also run Windows, dual-boot style

Acer is the biggest computer company to come right out and say it would ship a netbook running the Google Android operating system this year. The top 5 computer maker has already said it would have an Android netbook available by the third quarter of 2009. And Acer is showing off a demo of Android […]