hp_netbookAccording to unnamed sources who have been briefed on the matter, HP is looking at Android as a possible OS for their netbook line.  If this pans out, it could be a huge win for Google and Android as a platform.

Analysts are forecasting sales of over 21 million netbooks in 2009, which is much higher than last year’s figures.  It wouldn’t be too hard to get a decent piece of that pie as that market has yet to really be set in stone.  Dell reports that 1 in 3 Mini 9 netbooks that leave their plant have some form of Linux installed, indicating Microsoft hasn’t locked that niche up yet.


Asus has already committed to Android-based netbooks with Freescale Semiconductor, but HP is a bigger name here in the US.  A company like Hewlett Packard could hit the tipping point for both Android and netbooks at the same time.

With the economy in turmoil, people will be looking to spend less money on laptops and similar technology.  Since Android is free and there are no licensing fees, it would be very appealing and inexpensive from OEM down to end user.

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