Google Tinkering With Android on Netbooks Nearly a Year Ago


It seems like with each passing week, more people are catching on to the idea of Android.  Tech and mobile sites are realizing that the OS will not be confined to phones.  Right now, the hot topic surrounding Android is netbooks and whether or not we’ll see it installed or ported to mini laptops.

Hackers and people with more brains and time than we have are working to get Android running on mobile internet devices, tablets, and netbooks.  It’s safe to say that decent progress is being made.    Do you know who was already doing this a long time ago?  If you read the headline of this article, you know the answer – Google.

Ben Sillis over at ElectricPig sent us an email today that says Google had been playing with Android in all kinds of ways for quite some time.

Mike Jennings, a former Google Developer Advocate and Android evangelist, claims that the search giant has long pushed the boundaries with the software and that the staff was trying Android on netbooks as early as last year!

“From day one, people have been tinkering with Android on other stuff. I remember back in the day somebody had almost got Android running on a mini PC – this was a year ago or more.”

Maybe Google is further along than we thought with the netbook.  That might explain a few things… like the rumor of an unknown OS coming out of Silicon Valley a few months back.

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  1. TareX
    March 11, 18:43 Reply

    I for one am totally against Android -in its current form- on netbooks. You don’t make or receive calls, text…etc. There is no use for the notification bar and there aren’t any Widget SDKs for the desktop…. to name a few.

    It’s a v.good smartphone OS, but for netbooks, I’d say Windows 7, XP and many other “Linuxes” make better choices…

  2. Fred
    March 12, 04:45 Reply

    @TareX : Android was never meant to be a phone OS only. Google always stated that you could use Android for anything where you need 1) to avoid paying OS licenses and 2) need a flexible and light OS. So, why not on Netbooks ? And basically, you are wrong about your other statements :
    1) notification bar is also used for notifying new email, new application updates, etc. It is not limited to warnings about SMS/MMS
    2) if you stop using the standard home application and opt for aHome or Dxtop, you DO have widgets
    3) the fact you can’t use it to make or receive calls, yep ok, but you can also use it on a netbook for quick internet borwing, email checking, twitter, facebook, etc, etc, etc.

  3. Dave Howe
    March 12, 10:22 Reply

    I wonder if I could use it on my nintendo DS? ok, that’s not a telephone, but it has a speaker, mic, wifi, and at least theoretically could handle VoIP….

  4. TareX
    March 12, 10:37 Reply

    I did NOT know about Dxtop and ahome… just checked them out… they are AMAZING! THANKS!

    and yeah the notification bar is good for all what u said…

    However, for netbooks, and I think you would agree, it’s a loss not to have Linux/Windows as you’ll be missing out on all the 3rd party applications/games that are already out there…. maybe 2-3 years down the line this would change…

  5. Charbax
    March 13, 18:53 Reply

    The only thing people need on a laptop is the browser. Google just needs to port a full Chrome experience to Android, with Google Gears and full Flash video and other multimedia support, and it’ll be ready.

    Android will come in $100 netbooks this year.

    None of those $100 Android netbooks will use a processor from Intel.

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