Android x86
If you’re a fan of Google’s Android operating system — and really, who here isn’t? — then you probably already know that the tablet and smartphone iterations of Android could, at some point in the future, finally become unified. For now, it’s safe to say that Google is doing remarkably well on mobile. But what about the desktop?

Will Google push for greater adoption of the Chromebook? Does it want more people to abandon their old ways and try out stuff like the Chromebook Pixel? Perhaps. But there’s something else that you should know about. Something that, according to a new report based on research from the Taiwanese DigiTimes, could also be in the cards. What exactly is it?

They call it the Google Androidbook. Essentially, it’s an Android notebook from Google.

We know, at first it might seem as if it’s a step in the wrong direction. After all, we didn’t help you replace your laptop with Android apps for nothing. But the concept of an Androidbook, a Google-branded notebook that’s not a Chromebook, is actually nothing new. As a matter of fact, it already exists. It’s called Android-x86.

Well, okay, so that’s not actually the Androidbook, but that’s the actual technology that would allow an Androidbook to exist. It’s what would make Androidbooks possible.

We’ve been able to test Android-powered notebooks in the past — netbooks, to be more specific — and the overall experience was terribly disappointing. The finished products, if you could call them that, lacked polish. If Google does push through with an Androidbook of its own, maybe it could turn the whole Android-powered notebook industry on its head. Or what’s left of it, anyway.

DigiTimes Research estimates that Google might release the first Androidbook before the end of this year. The question is, who would buy it? Would you? Sound off in the comments.

David Gonzales
David is a mobile computer geek who firmly believes that in order to stay healthy, one needs to eat daily doses of gadgets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Join him as he indulges his passion for technology and fascination with all things Android.