Digitimes: Android Powered Notebook to Come Later in 2013

Last month, Google rocked the computing and telecommunications world when they introduced the Google Chrome Pixel – a quite expensive yet impressively powerful notebook that effectively replaced the iPad as a notebook with the highest pixels per inch display density.  This time, there is a new rumor that Google, the company that seems hell-bent on dominating the telecommunications arena with its innovative products such as Android OS, is working on a new notebook which may be available later in 2013.  According to Digitimes, Google is working on the new notebook that will run on Android operating system.


Chromebooks have been around for a couple of years, but they have taken a beating – just like all other notebooks and desktop computers have from smartphones and tablets, and their future is not quite predictable.  Android is the most popular smartphone and tablet operating system, powering almost 75% of smartphones and tablets globally.  Does this mean that Google are taking this measure – to introduce an Android notebook – because Chrome sales have taken a plunge and developers are not as keen to dive into the Chromebook fray as they are to develop apps for Android.

The Android notebook, dubbed Androidbook, may be entering the market in the third quarter of 2013 according to Digitimes.  Speculations had surfaced that Android may be heading to notebooks when Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome team at Google, moved to head the Android team too.  The crossover was anticipated, but earlier speculations were that there may have been a merger of Chrome and Android OS for the notebooks, maybe even tablets, and not a possible replacement of Chrome with Android.

This rumor may be a pointer of better things to come, but for now it remains just that – a rumor.  To some extent, Android notebooks are already in existence today if tablets such as the Asus Transformer, Slider and Padfone qualify to be called notebooks.  In this regard, a tablet with a physical keyboard may as well be called a notebook.

What do you think is the future of Android on notebooks?  Will we see notebooks, even laptops, running on Android soon?  Will Android replace Chrome and Androidbooks Chromebooks?  Let us know what you think in the comment section below.


Source: Digitimes