updated 05:00 pm EDT, Tue March 10, 2009
Android Eee PC coming soon
At CeBIT in Germany last week, Erich Chen, the head of ASUS' European branch, said the company's engineers will be ready to present a working model of an Eee PC netbook with the Android operating system in just two months, or much earlier than originally planned. Last month, ASUS announced an Android netbook will be available by the end of the year. The engineers face the challenge of incorporating the operating system, which originated and is optimized for use in touchscren smartphones, into the relatively large screens of a netbook.
Specifications for the system aren't known. An Android-powered netbook would use up less system resources than Windows XP and could also therefore run slower processors with similar levels of performance as systems with Microsoft operating systems designed for regular notebooks and desktops. In smartphones, Android can run with CPUs with processing speeds as low as 200MHz, though these often have smaller screens and fewer demands. [via PCJoint]