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Android Goes Beyond Mobile?

Posted by Charles | April 1, 2009 .

We know Google Android was not designed just for mobile. We know there is a good reason the gOS hasn’t been released yet (because it’s here already). Now, Hewlett-Packard is considering replacing Microsoft’s Windows operating system with software developed by Google in some mini-PCs called netbooks, said people briefed on the matter.

H-P, the world’s largest PC maker, has programmers testing Google’s Android system — originally designed for cellphones — for a potential netbook. H-P hasn’t decided whether to bring an Android netbook to market.

Acoording to WSJ’s report,

Google doesn’t profit from Android, which is available free of charge. But Google stands to benefit by edging rival Microsoft off its home turf on the PC desktop. Android was also designed to be easily compatible with many Google services, such as Google Maps. Microsoft currently provides the operating system for more than 90% of the world’s PCs.

Other PC makers are also studying Android. Asustek Computer Inc., which in 2007 came out with the first netbook, has publicly said it is considering an Android netbook. As previously reported, Dell Inc. is considering a smart phone using Android.

The OS world should be getting interesting this year.

 Android Goes Beyond Mobile?

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