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Google Android OS on Netbooks
Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 02 April 2009 10:21

From SearchITChannel

By getting Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other hardware OEMs to consider the Android operating system for their netbooks, Google has ripped a page right out of Microsoft's playbook.

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HP and Dell, both allies of Microsoft on many fronts, may preload the Google Android OS rather than Windows on at least some netbooks. That consideration gives Android instant credibility on small PCs, VARs said -- even if the PC makers are using Android to beat price and licensing concessions out of Microsoft, as many partners suspect. Thus far Android is primarily an OS and development platform for mobile phones, but Google clearly has ambitions beyond that.

Microsoft decimated Netscape's overwhelming lead in browsers largely by offering Internet Explorer for free while Netscape tried to charge for its full featured browser. The company charges every OEM a fee for bundling Windows on each of its machines. The biggest hardware OEMs reportedly pay Microsoft $15 per netbook for Windows XP, whereas Google charges nothing. And resellers agree, it's hard to beat free.

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