Coming late this summer or early this fall is a new Acer netbook that will be powered by Android, Google’s mobile operating system. This will be the first official netbook with Android running on it. Of course, we’ve seen hacking of netbooks with Android in the past, showing the obvious desire to see this provided for consumers. Looks like it’s finally happnening.
If you’re not familiar, netbooks are mini laptops, usually ranging from 7-12 inches. Many of them run on Windows XP or Linux. Netbooks are designed for people on the go. You may notice mobile carriers such as Verizon offering broadband internet deals for netbooks. I’ve seen deals where you pay $99 for the netbook with a 2-year contract at about $60 a month. It’s very similar to purchasing a mobile phone.
Of course, Android’s first venture was on the T-mobile/Google co-branded phone, the G1, which is manufactured by HTC. T-Mobile’s second Android device is expected “early this summer” according to the blogosphere. Since it is essentially early summer, might the new phone be out any day now? Details are still vague, so stay tuned.