It's official: Acer to offer Aspire One netbook with Google Android, Q3 2009

It's official: Acer to offer Aspire One netbook with Google Android, Q3 2009

Summary: Acer today unveiled its first Aspire One netbook featuring the open source Google Android operating system.Why Android?

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Acer today unveiled its first Aspire One netbook featuring the open source Google Android operating system.

Why Android? "The Android operating system will provide Acer netbook users with faster connection to the Internet, further enhancing efficiency on-the-go," the company says.

Oh, and it's cheap, too. As in free.

The introduction of Android presents customers with another choice of operating system for a netbook, along with Windows (XP, 7) and various flavors of Linux.

The computing behemoth is putting big money on Google's OS, too : the majority of Acer netbooks will offer Android in the future, the company says, adding that it believes Android "will contribute significantly to the worldwide netbook market growth."

Acer plans to launch its first Aspire One netbooks with Android in Q3 2009.

Check out the Acer Aspire One netbook on ZDNet Reviews.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Hardware, Operating Systems

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  • Good news! I'm eager to give Android a try

    ....on my current Acer Aspire One, which is running on UNR 9.04 right now.
    pjotr123
  • If we can still download all of the normal Linux applications, it will be

    great!
    DonnieBoy
    • Not a trivial request

      Android does not support native c code so porting your favorite GTK+ or Qt application is a non-trivial task. Android uses the Linux kernel but not the full set of standard utilities, no glibc support, and uses the dalvik VM instead of the JVM.

      As far as I can tell, a linux program and an android program have more different than in common.
      ricochet2200
  • It's free?!?!

    Oh, the OS, not the netbook. :( You got my hopes up!

    Can't wait to see it.
    NonZealot
    • Only one problem....

      None of the video footage I have seen has shown any customization on the part of the OEM's. They even have the tiny background on it instead of one to fit the screen. HTC has leaked some of their customizations for their upcoming phone after the Magic and they are really taking the lead on using Android.

      I'm back to thinking now that it could work on netbooks but the OEM's are going to have to do a little work rather than just slapping it onto the hardware.
      storm14k
      • Would be sad to see

        [i]I'm back to thinking now that it could work on netbooks but the OEM's are going to have to do a little work rather than just slapping it onto the hardware.[/i]

        It would be sad to see Android get hamstrung by lousy implementers. :(
        NonZealot
  • Yet more evidence of "viable competitors" to Windows.

    It's way past time to remove the "monopoly" label from Windows.
    PB_z
    • You couldn't define monopoly in any form that would hold up for two seconds

      softwareFlunky
  • Maybe Acer will offer an Arm version now that they are offering Android?

    NT.
    DonnieBoy
    • Wouldn't be surprised if this IS an Arm version

      given the <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=4601">Snapdragon</a> sightings that have been going around. Given the timing of the release it makes sense. And if you see what <a href="http://www.qctconnect.com/products/snapdragon.html">Snapdragon has to offer</a>, it's shocking more OEMs don't take a look at it.

      However I agree with the previous poster in that Acer had better not just slap Android on and hope for the best. There's a lot of very basic stuff Android has not proven it can do. And there's only three months to go if this is indeed an Arm release.
      Michael Kelly
  • Hey Google

    Why don't you code your OS for all chip types so whoever
    wants your OS can install it? I'm not interested in a netbook,
    but I'd love to run Android on my Macbook, just to try it out a
    while.
    odcchaz
    • It was designed with phones in mind

      not netbooks, or laptops or desktops for that matter. However there are <a href="http://www.androidx86.org">x86 ports</a> out there, so knock yourself out.
      Michael Kelly
    • Agree...

      I would love to see this run on commodity hardware.
      LandonAB
    • its open source...

      so anyone can port it if so desired... why
      don't you get on that? Oh wait... its being
      done. I have a copy that "runs" in a virtual
      machine. I say "runs" with quotes cause its not
      QUITE there yet, something wrong with high res
      modes/ drivers I suppose, but it starts up
      fine.

      Since Google has spent a significant amount of
      resources making a pretty cool open source OS
      (unlike Apple who won't let you even install
      their OS on non-apple hardware per the license
      agreement) I don't think we need to be
      complaining. I've never done an ARM to x86
      conversion, but from the people I've talked to
      its not all that hard, the hard thing (they
      whom I've talked to) is driver support. I don't
      know why existing linux drivers won't work :-(
      shadfurman
  • Poor Linux. :'(

    Nobody seems to cares about good free Linux anymore.
    Dealing
    • Idiotic comment considering one important fact....

      Android uses the <b>Linux kernel</b>.
      devlin_X
    • the problem with linux...

      is that the linux community (in my experiance
      trying to learn linux) is the community is too
      stuck up. (much like the apple community) It
      took me 7 iterations of trying Linux before I
      stuck with it for a while cause with lacking
      driver support I had difficulting getting all
      my hardware working, and with newbie knowledge
      of linux I found it difficult to even navigate
      around, the two books I had on linux didn't
      even list basic commands like how to list files
      (I was a complete dos/windows boy at the time),
      it took me two hours of surfing the net and
      chatrooms before I found out how to list files
      at the prompt. The only grace for linux came
      when driver support increased to where I could
      install and run without being aware of the
      prompt. I would like to learn linux better, but
      don't have the time right now. For now I just
      use it to run more stable versions of my fav
      linux apps like GIMP and Open Office. Since I
      switched to a laptop and dumped my old desktop
      I only run Linux in a VM.

      It would have been a lot better for linux's
      image if some "knowledgable" linux users didn't
      make me beg for info. Granted the community
      environment has changed quite a bit in the last
      decade, they still need to improve the person
      to person relations if they want to see linux
      succeed, and that would be the responsibility
      of every linux user.

      The nice thing about Google is that most end
      users don't even know its linux (just like most
      end users don't know OSX is BSD) If it has the
      apps, drivers, and smart/smooth gui, it may
      just make it onto netbooks. As for phones, the
      expectations for an OS below the $100 range is
      quite sad, an open source OS able to run on
      these phones will be a godsend.
      shadfurman
  • RE: It's official: Acer to offer Aspire One netbook with Google Android, Q3 2009

    No kidding, it is sad to say but M$ as tried real hard to put a stigma on Linux and I think it worked. People are really kind of dumb and Google as done a good thing by taking a good product, re-naming it and adding to it and now people are "Oh wow what is this new thing Google has come out with" and maybe that is what it will take for M$ to loose some ground.
    Danny607
    • Renamed

      Not only has Google put a good (well known)
      brand name onto the Linux kernel, but I have no
      doubt they'll be developing quality competitive applications that they will update and be
      responsible for. And, as one commentator posted
      above, hopefully existing Linux apps will run
      on it too.

      This could be a true market dent for MS. Just
      think how much cash the Fed could save by not
      having to purchase endless OS licenses for
      their computers.
      odcchaz
      • I'm pretty sure Andriod has quite a ways to go before being a desktop OS

        nt
        shadfurman