It is still too early to determine the real fate of Android on netbooks? But one thing is clear – it is coming and when it does, people will soon know whether its future is gleam or bright moving forward. Many have envisioned 2009 as the year of the Android netbooks but perhaps it will most likely be in 2010.
Originally used as a mobile phone OS, Google’s Android has been conceptualized to penetrate the netbook marketplace because the company clearly has no plans of limiting their crafty mobile OS in smart phones alone. Android has even fortified two policies of its uses: one is its use in phones and the other is on MIDs or mobile internet devices. The popular ASUS netbook is one of those MIDs. As confirmed by Bloomberg, ASUS has already mobilized some of its engineers to look into the use of Android in their computers. In this regard, it is noteworthy to mention that Daniel Hartmann has successfully installed Android on the ASUS Eee PC 1000H.
From Venturebeat news, there seems to be some trustworthy claims that Intel has already designed the correct drivers for the said MID devices. And that the microchip giant has already planned on mass producing Android netbooks that can surface sometime within 2010.
The direction of this open source trend is that it may end up directly competing against another giant in the realm of software – Microsoft. The dawn of Android netbooks will also imply an increase in netbook sales overall, as these devices are expected to come at a much cheaper price than the netbooks powered by other prominent OS like Windows 7 for example.
Even Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt claimed that Android is leaning towards a very healthy market and that he already knew of Android’s open source nature where various devices can be used for such. In addition, he was also very excited upon knowing that some people have experimented using Android for netbooks as a preliminary try and Android netbooks is indeed a very exciting investment to be in. Yes, Android allows for good computer experience even at low resolution scales such as in cell phones. It can be used to run some basic computer processes as well. Nevertheless, it is Android’s web browsing functionality that gives some sort of standardization goal among netbook users nowadays.
However, considering that other OS like Windows 7 has been engineered to be compatible in netbooks and because people have already been using the more stable or dominant OS platforms for many years with fewer qualms, then the best advantage for Android netbooks is probably its lower price tag. Further, Google may also be eyeing into newer computers – the portable tablets.