Asus seem to be working on an Android based EEEPC. Although the Asus thightop at first was very much looking to be a linux product, the EEEPC quickly switched back to the more comfortable XP home.
This move has lead to a revolution in the industry that many other companies have rushed to cash in on. But it seems like Asus might be looking for other options. When MS finally kicks Windows 7 out the door, XP will more than likely not be sold anymore (even as a downgrade). This leaves Asus in an awkward situation. One solution they seem to be looking at is to work with Google's Android OS.
According to a statement made by Samson Hu, although Asus is indeed investigating the use of Android they are not sure if they will actually being this to market.
Read more here at Bloomberg.
An Android-powered notebook would extend Google's rivalry with Microsoft into the market for software that runs personal computers, where Windows controls more than 90 percent of the market. Netbooks, scaled-down laptops that offer basic e-mail and Internet functions, are the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry, with shipments projected to almost double this year as the overall market slows.
"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"