Acer to offer Google's Android in netbook PCs

Jun 02, 2009 By ANNIE HUANG , Associated Press Writer
Visitors inspect Acer laptops running Google's new Android operating system at Computex Taipei 2009, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Computex Taipei is the world's second largest annual Information Technology exhibition. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

(AP) -- Small new "netbook" computers from Acer Inc. will come with Google Inc.'s Android operating system if buyers desire, instead of Windows from Microsoft Corp.

The move by Acer, the world's third-largest PC maker, could raise Android's chances of becoming a widely used alternative to on mobile computers.

Because Android, originally designed for mobile phones, is freely distributed by , netbooks running the software would cost less, Acer executive Jim Wong said Tuesday at Computex, a huge show in Taiwan. He would not give a specific figure. Wong also praised Android's fast boot-up time.

Netbooks, which are inexpensive little laptops primarily designed for using the Internet, originally were sold with another free operating system, Linux. Microsoft's current operating system, Vista, was seen as too expensive and slow for those computers. But Microsoft regained control of the budding market by licensing the older Windows XP to manufacturers for a low price.

Microsoft's next , Windows 7, is being geared for netbooks as well as larger computers. Several PC companies used the Computex show to highlight coming models based on Windows 7, including Taiwan's Computer Inc.

Also, ARM Holdings PLC, a chip-technology licensing company, said it would launch a new chipset to drive netbooks, taking on a domain dominated by Intel's Atom microprocessors.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Microsoft unveils Xbox in China as it faces probe

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Verizon Wireless downplays Linux phones

Apr 01, 2009

(AP) -- Verizon Wireless considers Linux-based software a possible long-term contender for use on its phones, but doesn't view it as a "preferred" solution, the carrier's head said.

T-Mobile plans Android-based home devices: Times

Apr 06, 2009

US wireless carrier T-Mobile plans to make a push into the home with communications devices that will run on Google's Android open-source software, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Recommended for you

Microsoft unveils Xbox in China as it faces probe

8 hours ago

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its Xbox game console in China, the first to enter the market after an official ban 14 years ago, even as it faces a Chinese government probe over business practices.

A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists

Jul 29, 2014

Five EPFL PhD students have developed a wristband that flashes when the rider reaches out to indicate a turn. Their invention was recognized at a European competition.

Lenovo's smart glasses prototype has battery at neck

Jul 28, 2014

China's PC giant Lenovo last week offered a peek at its Google Glass-competing smart glass prototype, further details of which are to be announced in October. Lenovo's glasses prototype is not an extreme ...

Sapphire talk enlivens guesswork over iPhone 6

Jul 27, 2014

Sapphire screens for the next iPhone? Sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness scratch-proof properties, used in making LEDs, missiles sensors, and on screens for luxury-tier phones. Last year, the ...

User comments : 0