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Google OS Android to Run on Net Books by q1 - 2010
Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 5:01 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Venture Beat has been a pretty reliable source valley news for awhile now. I am fairly confident in the accuracy of the story:

Android netbooks on their way, likely by 2010 [venturebeat.com]

Imagine the billion dollar market at stake here if Google can make good on this vision. Netbooks are basically small-scale PCs. For Silicon Valley myriad of software companies, it means a well-backed, open operating system that is open and ripe for exploitation for building upon. Now think of Chrome, Google’s web browser, and the richness it allows developers to build into the browser’s relationship with the desktop — all of this could usher in a new wave of more sophisticated web applications, cheaper and more dynamic to use. Ramifications abound: What does it mean for the stock price of Microsoft?

There is so much to ponder here...

 

dauction

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 5:26 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think Google needs to hook up with Dell and their Netbooks..great distribution and the sheer volume that Dell could push out the door would mean far greater "awareness" of Android..

I'm actually sitting here waiting for the UPS guy on a Dell Mini P Netbook (XP version)..wonder if I could download Android on it

incrediBILL

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 6:01 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

The announcement probably won't mean squat to the bazillion corporate drones locked into MS office and the need to be 100% compatible and make their IT guy happy.

However, for the rest of the world, the laptop is just an appliance and if Google can ship a low priced appliance that satisfies the 2 basics of checking email and browsing the web, and it's reliable, they'll probably sell a bunch based on their brand name alone.

When it'll hit the fan is when people find out none of their other software works on their shiny new laptop, which may or may not have much impact to people that just need an appliance.

Only one way to find out, ship it and see how many returns you get and/or outright customer hostility.

Perhaps Google should consult with Andy Beal before launching! ;)

nomis5

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 9:19 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've been struggling recently with developing mobile orientated pages. But try as I can, I can't see the income possibilities from them. That doesn't mean I can't see a future for them as far as web pages are concened.

Notebooks though are a different proposition altogether. I can see the way forward there income wise. And if Google manage to corner the OS on both mobiles and notebooks then they have stolen the future from Microsoft.

But here's the problem. Swap one giant (Microsoft) for another (Google) and we are left in the same situation. How much nicer it would be if a smaller player had grabbed the initiative, Apple maybe.

But hey ho, chnage is good for us all. 2010 though? Maybe the first version will there in 2011 but it will take a year or two more before anything significant happens.

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3817909 posted 9:51 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Swap one giant (Microsoft) for another (Google) and we are left in the same situation.

Most people won't change operating systems, period. For the typical Netbook buyer, a Netbook is a cheap and convenient carry-around device for Internet access, blogging, etc., not a replacement for a fully-functional desktop or laptop computer. An Android Netbook won't replace Windows any more than a Blackberry, a Palm OS device, or an iPhone replaces Windows.

dazz

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 11:02 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

This will probably go against the majority of 'in the know' & 'cool' people that use these forums, but I use MS Windows Vista & Internet Explorer for my PC and have a very happy, problem free experience on both my desktop & browsing the web.

Im tempted to try Chrome as i like google & have used them as my search for years.....but as i have no problems with IE....why bother!?

mack

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 11:21 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

This will probably go against the majority of 'in the know' & 'cool' people that use these forums, but I use MS Windows Vista & Internet Explorer for my PC and have a very happy, problem free experience on both my desktop & browsing the web.

That's the same situation for most home computer users. If we look at an average family, how is the PC actualy used? Web, email and games. Googles OS falls short compared to MS simply because it ddoesn't tick all the boxes.

Business users though, this is an area where Google could make inroads into MS market share. With the right marketign and good sales people they could do very well with corporate sales.

Mack.

johnhh

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 11:23 pm on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

signor_john I think has it right.

I have a NET book - I run XP on it and I have a small external harddrive with what data I need on it. Will I swap operating systems no way !

glitterball

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 12:20 am on Jan 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Apart from competing with the wealth of applications available for windows on netbooks, I don't see how they could even compete with the wealth of applications available for linux on netbooks.

If it's about license fees, then linux is already free and has a bigger range of apps then andoid could hope to have in the medium term.

powerstar

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 1:18 am on Jan 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Android was developed to run on mobiles, laptops and PCs and everywhere else

incrediBILL

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 1:27 am on Jan 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Im tempted to try Chrome as i like google & have used them as my search for years.....but as i have no problems with IE....why bother!?

It's not an issue of why whether you have problems with IE, Chrome simply makes javascript applications screaming fast and really breathes life into clunky AJAX apps, makes them snappy like a desktop app.

You'll switch to Chrome when you simply get sick of sluggish javascript.

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:53 am on Jan 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

If it's about license fees, then linux is already free and has a bigger range of apps then andoid could hope to have in the medium term.

Most people buy netbooks for browsing the Web, checking their e-mail, and writing short documents or taking notes. If you're a company purchasing agent who's buying 500 netbooks for a vertical application that's available only in Linux, then maybe you've got a compelling reason for preferring Linux over Windows XP or Android. But if you're just someone who's walking into Microcenter or Best Buy and plunking down $400 for a netbook to use in the coffee shop or on campus, any OS will do--and the more familiar it is, the better.

poppyrich

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:58 am on Jan 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Anybody remember a company called Netscape? And the threat posed to desktop apps like MS Office from the impending onslaught of online java applets?
It's Deja Vu all over again.

Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:58 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

What if Google put out a $99 netbook? They may have to subsidize it at first, but if they directly tied in advertising. wow.

powerstar

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:22 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

What if Google put out a $20 a month mobile service? including unlimited talk and internet if they directly tied in advertising. wow.

nomis5

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 9:15 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

It may seem deja vu but Googlge is searching for a market to expand into and the younger generation will go for small beautiful net books like you have never seen. Give it two years. Lap tops will be "oh so yesterday"

The keyboard is the same size (almost) as a lap top and just plug it into a mamoth monitor for home use and that's it all tied up. If Google grab that market with Android, and Microsoft are already showing signs of loosing that particular battle, then the future is sown up.

Forget mobiles (as a source of revenue for webmasters), it's got to be the net book.

frontpage

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 10:42 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

It is funny to read the fan boy's drool over Google's Android.

Little do they know it is actually based on the Linux kernel. It uses pre-existing software such as FreeType and SQLite. The only thing unique are the google applications.

Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver model.

Why not just use the Linux minus the spyware?

m0thman

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 11:27 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Im tempted to try Chrome as i like google & have used them as my search for years.....but as i have no problems with IE....why bother!?

Because it only takes a few minutes and you might be surprised and quite like it.

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3817909 posted 2:46 am on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Little do they know it is actually based on the Linux kernel....Why not just use the Linux minus the spyware?

Maybe because most netbook buyers aren't interested in what's under the hood; they're shopping for ready-to-use appliances. (It's like anything else: How many Mac users know or care that OS X is based on UNIX? What they care about--not unreasonably--is having a computer that's ready to use out of the box.)

davidof

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 10:21 am on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

> When it'll hit the fan is when people find out none of their other software works on their shiny new laptop

That seems to be the issue with the average user buying existing Linux based netbooks. In the UK Carphone Warehouse has recently dropped all Linux based netbooks because their customers can't run apps like Word (despite Open Office being preinstalled). Maybe the OS landscape will have changed by 2010?

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:43 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

In the UK Carphone Warehouse has recently dropped all Linux based netbooks because their customers can't run apps like Word (despite Open Office being preinstalled).

That makes a lot of sense when you consider that a netbook is likely to be an additional computer, not the user's main computer. Having to use two different applications for something like word processing is less convenient than using a single, familiar application, regardless of whether the output files are compatible.

I suspect that both Linux and Android netbooks will be niche products, and that Windows 7 will be the standard OS on mainstream netbooks in 2010 (with Apple having its own little corner of the netbook business ahead of both Linux and Android).

Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 3817909 posted 3:01 am on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Interesting to see all the netbooks popping up like flies at CES. They are now talking $199 and $149 for many of them by mid-year. Google may be too late with an Android based model.

> why does it matter

Because Android has the ap store. The main problem with linux is system management is woefully complex and users run into unsolvable problems. A bullet proof install for specific aps like the Android ap store opens access to middle earth and not just the deep geeks.

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