Acer prepping netbook running Android and Windows XP

Acer prepping netbook running Android and Windows XP

Summary: Remember netbooks? They're no longer trendy with the launch of the iPad and the resulting tablet fever, but Acer still appears to be tinkering with the tiny, inexpensive laptops.

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Remember netbooks? They're no longer trendy with the launch of the iPad and the resulting tablet fever, but Acer still appears to be tinkering with the tiny, inexpensive laptops. The company's latest trick: putting the Android OS on a system running Windows XP.

Like other netbooks that have attempted to combine a Linux quick-boot option with Windows, the Acer Aspire One AOD255 deploys Android for instant launching of Internet functions (plus all of its mobile apps) while XP will handle the more traditional PC capabilities. A configuration manager lets you control which OS runs when. The AOD255 has typical netbook specs, including Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and 10.1-inch screen.

Acer has been showing off the AOD255 in Taipei, but there hasn't been an official launch date announced. According to Fudzilla, it will launch soon somewhere for about $350. I'm not sure this will help keep netbooks relevant, but it can't hurt Acer to put the trendy OS on a system to see if the market responds to an Android-flavored netbook.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows

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  • No longer trendy?

    Hmmmm.....

    From eWeek (See http://is.gd/e5Td2):

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    Netbooks, once expected to fade away in favor of desktops and notebooks, are still enjoying strong sales. Shipments are forecast to hit 60 million in 2010, and that figure is now expected to double by 2013, according to a report by ABI Research.

    Netbook sales are showing no signs of waning, ABI Research announced July 22, sharing findings from a new study. Nearly 60 million netbooks?lightweight PCs with prices that are generally under $400 and enough power for social networking activities and Web surfing? are expected to ship worldwide by the end of 2010, and that figure is likely to double by 2013, the research company said.

    Sales of netbooks were expected to taper off as the global economy began to strengthen in late 2009 and more robust PCs with ultralow-voltage processors and falling price points came to market. This, however, has not been the case.

    (More...)

    ***
    Would a little basic research be possible before you post? Your entry is way, way, way off.
    Romberry
    • Funny

      @Romberry <br><br>I was going to respond to the exact same statement. Netbooks and tablets are two different product categories. They will both do well; highly portable, very good battery life and cheap. If you need a real keyboard, the netbook is the way to go. Otherwise chose a tablet. There are only a couple of interesting issues:<br><br>1. What will smart books do to netbook sales? Is this going to be the beginning of the end for MS?<br><br>2. What will happen to the large smart phone / small tablet. Since a keyboard is no longer the size constraint, there may be a continuum from smart phones to 10-12" tablets. Some of the midsized ones may do both functions fairly well.

      Edit: I do not give a rats a$$ about "trendy". I buy what meets my needs.
      Economister
  • No

    There is absolutely no reason to be selling an XP machine for the masses today. The only reason to sell XP is for businesses who cannot run a legacy program on anything else, and even then it ought to be on either a VM or something with no internet access.
    Michael Kelly
    • Wrong

      @Michael Kelly

      1. Price. My guess is that XP is a LOT cheaper than W7

      2. Resources. XP has a smaller footprint than W7, both memory and HDD. This also affects price, but also performance for given resources.

      These are precisely the reasons smart books may one day decimate netbook sales.
      Economister
      • He's right.

        @Economister

        Win7 starter is cheap, runs fine on any netbook being produced today and is not slower than XP. Acer should not be installing an OS that only has about two years of mainstream support left on consumer devices.
        Lester Young
      • No he is not

        @Lester Young<br><br>"cheap", "runs fine" and "not slower" do not address my post at all. If you wish to take issue, at least address my points.<br><br>Secondly, the customer is king. There are lots of W7 netbooks on the market. If XP netbooks sell, that is what the customer wants. And if MS will not give it to them, there is always Linux.<br><br>It continues to astound me that Linux runs better off a 1GB thumb drive on my 9" Aspire One than XP does off its 8GB SSD. I am personally not interested in a netbook with sufficient power to run W7 and with a 3 hour battery life OR a 2lb battery. I want a small and light netbook (smart book) that will last all day WITHOUT a huge battery sticking out the back. W7 is just the WRONG OS for my needs. A netbook should not need a 160GB HDD and 2GB of RAM.
        Economister
    • RE: Acer prepping netbook running Android and Windows XP

      @Michael Kelly : On a netbook, there is only so much you can run!

      @Lester Young : XP support dies in just under 4 years Even then, the only thing you will get from Microsoft are security updates. I don't think Acer will provide anything. Their support is horsesh?t.
      Gis Bun
      • It would be interesting...

        ...to see just what the real life expectancy of one of these machines is in reality. I mean, they are the "Walkman" of personal computers. I would be willing to bet that, of all the CD players sold in the 80's, there are more stand alone components in use than portables...who is to assume that anyone will be USING one of these in four years, let alone seeking support for it?
        ReadWryt (error)
  • Anxiously awaiting Chromium netbooks and tablets

    A secure cloud terminal will ultimately be the killer app that takes netbooks and tablets viral. I think a lot of us are waiting for a stripped down and hardened OS/browser pair for online shopping, banking, brokerage transactions, ...<br><br>I don't see Android having much of an impact in the netbook market. It seems like an intermediate step to me.
    Programmer1028
  • Android on the netbook?

    How do you control the OS and run the apps? The only thing I've seen with Android has been touch based. There is no mouse input. How do you do a pinch and zoom? I suppose you could use the touchpad but that is going to be less than satisfactory.
    boomchuck1
  • RE: Acer prepping netbook running Android and Windows XP

    Trendy doesn't always equal functional and from a business standpoint, I need to focus strictly on functional. I absolutely need a keyboard and a netbook with a 10.1 screen allows me to work remotely while traveling and still let me take my online courses. The iPad wasn't even a consideration since the course material is all flash based.

    One additional caveat? My 15 year old son has no desire to borrow my purple Acer, while an iPad would have his fingerprints all over it. :-)
    TechieChick
    • Yes, and...

      @TechieChick <br><br>that is what technology is all about. You buy what suits your needs and I buy what suits mine. It does not make you stupid and me smart or vice-versa. Too many posters have their self worth tied tied up in their choices, which is where most of the ridiculous flame wars originate.
      Economister
      • RE: Acer prepping netbook running Android and Windows XP

        @Economister
        I agree and I really hope I didn't come across that way! If I did, I'm sorry, was not my intention.
        TechieChick
      • Please don't apologize

        @TechieChick <br><br>You did NOT come across that way at all, in fact it was you mentioning your son that prompted me to reply, precisely because it highlighted the different preferences people have. I just decided to reinforce that point, because there is just too much fan boy based intolerance here.<br><br>Have a wonderful day.
        Economister
  • Typical Acer

    Still trying to sell XP systems. Why? The license is cheaper than Windows 7 Starter Edition and you don't need stronger hardware [i.e. Acer can sell the systems with slower processor, smaller hard disk, etc.]

    And what is so big about this anyways? ASUS had ExpressGate for over a year now? A dual boot between whatever Linux OS they use and XP or Windows 7.
    Gis Bun
  • What crap....

    I bought one of the earliest Asus 7" netbooks, and it is still perfectly adequate for the role it plays.
    XP? How irrelevant can you get? Ubuntu works fine on mine, and far snappier than anything M/S offers.
    handydan918@...
  • I don't see any problem with using XP...

    ...other than that it's a resource hog compared to some of the *nix distros out there, but then A) I work for a non-profit which gets XP machines donated all the time and I have grown to appreciate it's durability, and B) I don't think anybody could package a *nix distro to the liking of the general public's acceptance.

    Other than that, if it's not broken...I mean, what is the percentage of Fortune 500 workstations still running XP? Wasn't it something like 71% back in Feb of 2009?? I seem to recall there being a great deal of pressure put on Microsoft to provide some manner of upgrade path from XP to Windows 7 because of a HUGE installed base of the OS... Software is funny like that, hardware comes and goes but working code seems to hang on.
    ReadWryt (error)
  • Will it sell?

    For the novelty-minded it will at first, but the combination of an
    anachronism with a superfluity will soon tire even the young and
    superficial. If they ran Windows 7 Ultimate with Vista they would probably do better.
    heatherchernen