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02 January 2009, 15:02

Android ported to EEE PC

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Writers at VentureBeat decided to test the idea that Android would make an ideal operating system for netbooks by porting the, Google developed, open source operating system to their Asus EEE PC1000H. Using information from the Android Porting Google group, and encouraged by the news that a Google developer had ported Android to an EEE PC701, the writers set about the porting work and managed to get it up and running after a number of hours work.

The article includes screen shots of the operating system running on the 10" display of the EEE PC, apparently handling the change in screen resolution from phone-sized devices well. It was also noted that Android appears to already have a profile for mobile internet devices (MIDs) as well as one for phones. The authors suggest that this is, indeed, the path that Google are pursuing for Android, making it a potentially compelling offering for netbook manufacturers, but they also caution that this is more likely to bear fruit in 2010, rather than this year.


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