Asus planning to port Android to netbooks

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Asus planning to port Android to netbooks

Asus is planning to port Android, Google's operating system designed for phones, onto netbooks.

According to an interview with Bloomberg Asus has allocated a squad of engineers to put the operating system onto its range of netbooks.

Asus kicked off the netbook market with the EeePC and retains a market position.

Initially Asius only offered netbooks running Linux but Microsoft has been quick to move into the sector and now licenses Windows XP to netbooks, getting it 85 per cent of that market, albeit at the cost of reduced royalty charges.

“With the strength of Google behind it, Android could really challenge Microsoft and steal some market share,” said Calvin Huang, a computer-industry analyst at Daiwa Securities Group Inc. in Taipei.

“The benefit is the free license and you can use a lower-power, cheaper processor.”

Google originally designed the Android operating system for mobile phones but the Linux-based system is proving flexible enough to be ported to a variety of platforms.

“You’ve got Microsoft starting out in bigger devices and moving into smaller devices,” according to Neil Mawston, a telecommunications analyst at Strategy Analytics in Milton Keynes, England.

“Google is, in many ways, moving in the opposite direction.”

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