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An Android Netbook From Dell? - 05-06-2009, 07:03 PM
The update below may make this non-news and now a rumor.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/05/06/ ... from-dell/
Engadget link: http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/06/is-d ... d-netbook/
Software developer jumps the gun on Dell Android Netbook?
If you believe one Washington State software company, PC giant Dell is coming out with a netbook that uses Googleâ€™s operating system instead of Microsoft software.
Google Android OS was developed for smart phones, but itâ€™s proven attractive to makers of other devices, like netbooks, for its potential to break their dependency on Microsoft software and Intel chips.
Unlike Microsoftâ€™s Windows software â€” which most netbooks currently use â€” Android is free. And it runs on chips that use ARM architecture, which are made by companies other than Intel. As the WSJ reported in April, Hewlett-Packard has been looking at Android for possible future netbooks.
So it was with interest that we saw a press release this morning from a software company called BSquare, which said itâ€™s coming up with a system to use certain Adobe Systems software on heretofore unannounced â€śDell netbooks running Googleâ€™s Android platform.â€ť
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Dell and BSquare now say the announcement of Dellâ€™s allegedly forthcoming Android netbook shouldnâ€™t have been made. Dell spokesman Andrew Bowins said the press release was published â€śin error,â€ť though he didnâ€™t deny â€” or confirm â€” that the PC giant is working on such a device. â€śDell constantly assesses new technologies as part of managing our product development process and for consideration in future products,â€ť he wrote in an email. A BSquare spokeswoman also said the press release was erroneous, though she didnâ€™t specify what was incorrect about it.
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