Acer Favors Chrome OS over Android

Apr 15, 2010

Netbooks with Google's Android aren't necessarily meeting Acer's expectations.

At the April 13 press release in Munich for Acer's notebook 2010 lineup, not a hint of Linux was to be seen. Last fall Acer still had the Aspire One D250 dual-boot netbook presented at its product show, and a few months before that, was hopeful about Android netbooks by late summer 2009.

"It (Android) doesn't run terribly well" was the assessment given to Linux Magazine by Robert Perenz, Acer's product manager for consumer notebooks in Germany. Nevertheless, Acer confirmed in March that there might be a successor to the Aspire One D260 with Android "still possible." Even in Munich the message was "away from Windows," but rather in the form of Chrome OS.

"Doesn't run terribly well": Acer's notebook group doesn't think much of Android.

Working on the mid-2009 released Chrome OS, aside from Google, were Adobe, Asus, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. Although not much is heard about Chrome OS these days, apart perhaps from third parties, things seem to be happening, as evidenced by recent site activity.

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