New Acer netbooks to dual-boot Android

The latest buzz in analyst circles is that tablet PCs are destined to destroy the market for netbooks. I don’t buy that theory at all, especially since it implies that tablets and netbooks can’t somehow coexist. Scott thinks they’ll converge, and Acer may be moving in that direction already. According to DigiTimes, Aspire One netbooks based on Intel’s new dual-core Atom CPU will come pre-loaded with Google’s Android operating system in addition to Windows 7.

Android might seem like an odd choice for a device that lacks a touchscreen, but it should load much faster than Windows, making it ideal for those moments when you just want to quickly check your email or get in a few minutes of surfing. We’ve seen laptops dual-boot instant-on operating systems before, of course, but most have been proprietary Linux-based solutions with limited features. Android should offer considerably more functionality, although it’s unclear whether Acer’s netbooks will have access to Google’s app store—not all Android-powered devices do.

Acer already makes several convertible tablets based on Intel’s Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage platform, so its portfolio has all the pieces for a netbook/tablet hybrid. If Acer moves in that direction, it’ll be interesting to see whether the company trickles its twist-and-flip convertible screen tech down to Atom-based hardware or moves Android upmarket and into CULV territory. Both paths offer intriguing potential.

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    • Farting Bob
    • 12 years ago

    Is the x86 version of Android identical and as up to date as the ARM version? Would have thought with nearly nobody using Android for x86 yet that development in porting it over would have been less than a priority.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 12 years ago

    Very interesting. I could really see sitting on a park bench/coffee shop waiting and using Android to just surf the net then getting to a more permanent spot and using Windows 7 with Office and full functionality.

    Of course, I have a use for neither, but interesting idea at least.

    • End User
    • 12 years ago

    Ugh. I’d rather run Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

    I think 10″ netbooks are useless. I’m all for tablets in the 7″-10″ space and netbooks/laptops 12″+.

    I’m very happy with my iPad/ASUS 1201N pairing.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 12 years ago

    I would very much like to see an Android vs. Windows battery life comparison. The thing is, “those moments when you just want to quickly check your email or get in a few minutes of surfing,” are just about all most people even use normal laptops for, and battery life has not really been improving as much as it could.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    What’s a ‘converged’ netbook + slate? A netbook with a touchscreen?

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