Acer announces Android netbook

Acer has unveiled its first Aspire One netbook featuring the Android operating system at the Computex 2009 Trade Show in Taipei, Taiwan

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  June 4, 2009

Acer has unveiled its first Aspire One netbook featuring the Android operating system at the Computex 2009 Trade Show in Taipei, Taiwan. Acer plans to launch Aspire One netbooks with Android in the third quarter of 2009.

Acer has said it will ship most of its Aspire One netbooks with both Android and Microsoft Windows.

The company has said, “The introduction of Android into Acer netbooks presents customers with another choice of operating system. In addition to Microsoft's operating system, the majority of Acer netbooks will also offer Android in the future. Users may then select their preferred choice of operating system. Acer believes the Android operating system will contribute significantly to the worldwide netbook market growth.”

Google Android is a linux-based operating system that is a free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. It has already been implemented on a number of mobile phones, such as the HTC Dream and HTC Magic. The Samsung I7500, which was announced in April 2009, is also to be shipped with the Android operating system.

Android’s full stack offering includes an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. Third-party developers can customise and integrate Android applications as well. When launched in 2008, the Android platform was tipped as being a major competitor to the iPhone’s operating system.

3027 days ago
Ramzi

I find it excellent that Acer will be giving netbook owners the option to use an OS else than Microsoft. However, it remains to be seen if developers will actually offer Android compatible applications as no OS will survive without them, no matter how good it might be.

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