Google to launch Android-based notebook in Q3 2013, says report
| by Nikhil Subramaniam |
While Google’s Android OS has been a runaway success, the same cannot be said of the other operating system that the search giant has been developing Even though it has been in the PC industry for almost three years with its Chrome OS-running Chromebooks, Google has struggled to make a deep dent in the market.
However, the latest report from Digitimes, who have a decent track record on pre-released hardware information, says that Google is readying a series of (or at the very least one) Android notebooks, which we could see at the end of the year. The notebooks will run a version of Android that is more suited for more intense activities and brings productivity suites that befit a PC. Google’s Android-based notebooks (or Androidbooks, as the report calls it) may show up in stores at the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter.
Could we see an Android notebook later this year?
Despite the possibility of an Android notebook, it must be noted that Chromebooks are slowly beginning to gain traction and Google even made an entry into manufacture of PC hardware with the Chromebook Pixel, which has generally received great reviews for hardware and design but has been criticised for being an over-priced browser.
Google's decision to have Sundar Pichai, head of the Chrome team, also lead Android development is expected to accentuate the company's influence in the PC industry and could help Google make great strides in the market. But till now, it was always thought that Chrome OS and Android will be co-opted to bring one full-fledged OS for both mobile and PC environments.
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