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If the Google 'Androidbook' comes out this year, would you buy one?
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.