Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS

Jul 21, 2010 by Lin Edwards report
ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC

(PhysOrg.com) -- ASUS announced in May it would be producing two Eee Pad tablets, a 12-inch version running Windows 7 Home Premium and a 10-inch with the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system. It now seems likely the smaller tablet will use Google's Linux-based mobile operating system Android instead.

Android is growing in popularity for smartphones, and so it makes sense for ASUS to adopt an for its tablet that will be familiar to users, and according to Netbook News, this is precisely what ASUS is planning.

The version of that will be used on the tablet is unclear as yet. The prototype is running Android 2.2 (Froyo), but it seems likely ASUS will wait for version 3.0 (Gingerbread) for use on the production units, which are expected to be released next January at the earliest.

The smaller ARM-based Eee Pad tablet, the Eee Pad EP101TC, was demonstrated in June year at Computex 2010 in Taipei, and at that time was running Windows Embedded Compact 7.

ASUS has been a close partner of for a long time, but in February announced its Android-based Nuvifone A50, developed in partnership with Garmin.

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Asus Eee Pad EP101TC Demo at Computex 2010.

ASUS is not the only tablet maker dumping Windows. Lenovo has announced it will be running Android instead of a Microsoft operating system on its tablets, Dell has also opted for Android, and Cisco's Cius tablet, which is aimed specifically at business users and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2011, will also use the OS. HP has chosen WebOS (dubbed Palm) for its own tablets.

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Jigga
1 / 5 (1) Jul 21, 2010
Netbooks producers tried to replace Windows with Linux already, but without success. The problem here is, Windows 7 system isn't adapted well for tablet driven mobile applications (not saying about its price), and Windows mobile platform isn't compatible with PC.

Microsoft could lost a large market here.
MarkyMark
not rated yet Jul 22, 2010
Looks pretty nice!

I wonder what its battery life will be like?
getgoa
not rated yet Jul 25, 2010
When it comes to making sense use what makes sense--

Asus is doing the right thing by continuing its leadership in technology.

Examples--I never thought Microsoft was more than gaming--they have activation keys and system requirements for operating systems?

I spoke with reps from this company and three out of four say I have a valid activation key but when entering this key online it is not valid?

In windows xp system you cannot download updates using the windows installer if you do not have a valid key but you can download all of them manually from microsoft even if or not your system is windows based?

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