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Default An Android Netbook From Dell? - 05-06-2009, 07:03 PM

The update below may make this non-news and now a rumor. ... from-dell/

Engadget link: ... 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 Google’s operating system instead of Microsoft software.

Google Android OS was developed for smart phones, but it’s proven attractive to makers of other devices, like netbooks, for its potential to break their dependency on Microsoft software and Intel chips.

Unlike Microsoft’s Windows software — which most netbooks currently use — 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 it’s coming up with a system to use certain Adobe Systems software on heretofore unannounced “Dell netbooks running Google’s Android platform.”

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Dell and BSquare now say the announcement of Dell’s allegedly forthcoming Android netbook shouldn’t have been made. Dell spokesman Andrew Bowins said the press release was published “in error,” though he didn’t deny — or confirm — that the PC giant is working on such a device. “Dell constantly assesses new technologies as part of managing our product development process and for consideration in future products,” he wrote in an email. A BSquare spokeswoman also said the press release was erroneous, though she didn’t specify what was incorrect about it.

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