Asus mulls Eee phone, Android-powered Eee PC

— 12:36 PM on January 7, 2009

Giving credence to a recent report, Asus has revealed that it is considering the use of Google's Android cell phone platform for its Eee PC netbooks. TechRadar got the news straight from the horse's mouth—or in this particular case, that of Asus CEO Johnny Shih.

Shih reportedly credited Android for the "momentum" it has built up, and he said his company "is looking into using it . . . with an Eee PC." A number of firms are already working to import the Android interface to the "Eee PC model," the CEO went on to say.

Asus' aspirations for Android aren't limited to netbooks, though. Shih noted that Asus might also use it for an Eee phone, a device that could be "put in the pocket, play MP3s, offer GPS services, [work] like a PDA and [offer] Mobile TV altogether." For the record, Asus is no stranger to the cell phone market: the firm already produces a number of handsets based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform.

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