HP Android Netbook to Muscle Out Microsoft Windows, Intel Atom

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-04-02 Print this article Print

The use of Google's Linux-based operating system Android in netbooks has the potential to muscle computing incumbents Microsoft and Intel out of the mini-PC computing space as more mobile phone components make their way into PCs.

The end result would likely be even less expensive netbooks based on technologies originally designed for phones, such as Google's Android, and processors from ARM, which are commonly used in mobile phones. Intel has said it plans to target the smartphone market with its Atom processor, which so far has been widely used in netbooks. ARM offers its processors as intellectual property that is licensed and then manufactured by another company, based on the needs of the end device. While Gartner has forecast the steepest decline in PC unit sales in history for 2009 at just under 12 percent, the analyst firm has said that netbooks would be a bright spot and their sales would continue to rise.
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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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