In a bit of an unexpected turn of events, Acer announced that it will start offering Android based netbooks in Q3 of this year – before it gets Android based smartphones out the door.
Acer’s Jim Wong was quoted by Reuters as saying the following at the Computex show in Taiwan:
“Today’s netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different. If we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then any more.”
Few details were provided other than the Q3 time frame and the fact that the netbooks will be running Intel’s Atom processor, though Wang did say that these new Android powered devices will be sold along side of Windows devices, and will not be replacing the Microsoft powered netbooks.
Reuters estimates that dropping Microsoft Windows XP will reduce the manufacturing cost of a netbook by roughly US$25, which would make the Android powered devices likely quite a decent percentage cheaper than their Microsoft endowed stablemates.