Acer Confirms Android Netbook for Q3

"Rumours about Android-based netbooks are quickly being confirmed at Computex 2009, with Acer becoming one of the first manufacturers to announce one."

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Acer Confirms Android Netbook for Q3
 
Rumours about Android-based netbooks are quickly being confirmed at Computex 2009, with Acer becoming one of the first manufacturers to announce one. Jim Wong, head of IT products for Acer informed Bloomberg that the Android netbook will be launched in the third quarter of this year.
 
The planned netbook will be Acer’s first venture away from Windows after its Aspire One Netbook, which gave users a choice between Linux and Windows XP. The offer did not work out well as most netbook users prefer Windows over Linux. Despite full versions such as Ubuntu and SuSE having some good features, Linux has not exactly been able to make a dent in Microsoft’s leadership position.
 
Google’s Android though, has been creating lot of waves off late. Originally designed for smartphones, the OS has caught the fancy of most netbook manufacturers, who have been experimenting with the possibility of an Android based netbook. Asus even showcased one recently, though only a prototype based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processor.
 
Acer’s announcement makes it the first netbook manufacturer to confirm an Android-powered netbook. Though specifics about configuration or pricing have not been revealed, industry analysts expect the netbook to be cheaper than Windows as the Google OS is open source.
 
While Android is being touted as a threat to Windows, the success of Acer’s Android netbook remains to be seen. Windows already has a very strong base with most applications designed around it. This will be one of the biggest challenges facing Acer as Android currently does not have any applications available.
 
As of now, the announcement can only be considered as a test run. Acer can only hope to be successful with the Android netbook if it comes with a fantastic battery life and is priced considerably lower than Windows based ones.
 
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30-05-2009, 11:33:40

sammytomjohn

Pronounced - beh-heh-mah or something. Big frightening monster, beast.

Bet people call it bow-hee-muth.



I pronounce it b'o muff!! :)

30-05-2009, 11:53:46

Jim

I pronounce it b'o muff!! :)



At least its not b.o-he-muff

30-05-2009, 12:04:09

zak4994
I pronounce it beh-he-mothe...

30-05-2009, 13:40:00

sammytomjohn
any wireless versions comin with ocz pricin could be good competition price wise against a mamba

30-05-2009, 13:42:12

monkey7
If it just had + and - DPI buttons... :(

31-05-2009, 05:12:44

Mul.
Stunning review Anti :)

The Behemoth appears to be very good value for what it does at just £17.

31-05-2009, 06:18:41

Kempez
Nice matey, good review

Might wanna sort the forum link out in the options and at the end of the review :)

31-05-2009, 08:15:18

AntiHeroUK
Sorted now Kemp :)

03-06-2009, 18:58:54

DeMoB
Quick Question, when double tapping caps lock, does it change the profile for you too?

I found it does on mine, and sometimes it actually stops the mouse from working too!

Dan

03-06-2009, 19:04:00

AntiHeroUK

Quick Question, when double tapping caps lock, does it change the profile for you too?

I found it does on mine, and sometimes it actually stops the mouse from working too!

Dan



Will try and report back to you later on :D
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