Update: see FAQ (An FAQ about those Android notebooks) on the topic also from the same team
My first impressions:
For me, the biggest appeal of Android is its integration into Google apps. I use Google apps extensively (email, calendar, reader and to some extent docs) – so Android allows a deeper integration of Google apps (potentially) and that can only be a good thing to people who use Google apps. Consequently, I believe that the Web will be a strong driver for Mobile and this development (and others like it) will be a catalyst for it. Finally, through HSDPA and other network layer developments, the mobile network also benefits
I see a whole bunch of apps based on this idea (and potentially a new class of users).
I also see that Android will go beyond devices and PCs – so to me the concept is significant. I also like the post and the detail behind it
The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google’s mobile operating system Android. Huh? You thought Android was for mobile phones, right? Well, as we’ve written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
Besides writing as freelancers for VentureBeat, we also run a start-up called Mobile-facts. It took us about four hours of work to compile Android for the netbook. Having done so, we (Daniel Hartmann, that is) got the netbook fully up and running on it, with nearly all of the necessary hardware you’d want (including graphics, sound and the wireless card for internet) running. See the images below for further impressions.
Here’s the significance: Imagine the billion dollar market at stake here if Google can make good on this vision. Netbooks are basically small-scale PCs. For Silicon Valley myriad of software companies, it means a well-backed, open operating system that is open and ripe for exploitation for building upon. Now think of Chrome, Google’s web browser, and the richness it allows developers to build into the browser’s relationship with the desktop — all of this could usher in a new wave of more sophisticated web applications, cheaper and more dynamic to use. Ramifications abound: What does it mean for the stock price of Microsoft? Microsoft currently owns the vast majority of the desktop operating system market share? In recent weeks, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer repeatedly dismissed Android as competition to Windows Mobile.
Back to our experience in compiling Android for the Asus netbooks. It shows us that there is a big technology push to let Android run on netbooks under way.