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Dell Demonstrates Andoid-powered Mini 10v Netbook


We've heard that many netbook manufacturers are planning to put Android on their netbooks, but Dell has gone a step further and proved that it's testing "something called Android."

In a video posted on the Direct2Dell Blog, Doug Anson, a Dell Technology Strategist, has three Mini 10vs running Dell's vanilla Ubuntu, Ubuntu Netbook Remix and, most interestingly, Android's Cupcake build.

Anson emphasises that Dell has no "announced product plans," but I for one think there might just be enough demand from users for Dell to make Android netbooks available. Who doesn't want a "very nice, little, very small and very snappy little operating environment," which "actually runs very nicely," after all?

If you aren't going to wait for Dell to (possibly) make Android available on retail Mini netbooks, you should at least have enough assurance now to consider porting Google's OS yourself.



Hamish Campbell

May 20, 2009, 7:29 pm

I could have done that with any three laptops, just put up a screenshot of any OS on it.

He could have clicked on something surely.


May 20, 2009, 8:05 pm

"Dell Demonstrates Andoid-powered Mini 10v Netbook"

Andoid might be good, but i think i will go for Android.

If V2.0 is anything to go by, im sure in time Google could have a very nice OS for netbooks or even full laptops or desktops.


May 20, 2009, 8:52 pm

Wouldn't it be much better if you can stick you phone to a docking station and use the bigger screen, keyboard, mouse, LAN, etc, whithout having to invest in a seperate netbook?

Paul Johnston

May 20, 2009, 10:06 pm

I like the idea of Android as anlaptop\netbook OS but it will need good driver support from third parties...

Linux has had that issue too but has gotton better recently.

Oliver Levett

May 20, 2009, 10:53 pm

@Ash, Celio Redfly does exactly that.


May 20, 2009, 11:55 pm

@Oliver, to an extent yes. But I would like to connect any LCD screen, keyboard, etc. not a netbook type device. I have been talking about this for some time.. have a look at http://discussion.forum.nok...

Technology changes, and so sho

May 21, 2009, 6:18 pm

Just enough demand from users?

I doubt it.

When he comments that the Netbook Remix of Ubuntu '...works out of the box, pretty much completely...' that tells me that it doesn't work completely.

Android may run 'pretty nicely' on the netbook, but it sounds like there's a long way to go, and are Google really interested in creating drivers for every hardware mix out there (which they will have to do for the purposes of competition).

Despite how many people complain about Windows, I haven't heard of a single person complaining that their netbook is in any way non-functional (outside of a legitimate warranty claim).

I was considering giving my old laptop to my parents with Ubuntu on it, as it would be more than enough for their purposes. However, after looking back, in a sober manner, over my experience with keeping the system up-to-date and downloading the bits necessary to turn it into a fully functional system, I soon discovered that it was utterly unsuitable to them, since they can barely keep up with Windows XP.


'...estimated 30 million Linux users...'

That's high spirited at best and certainly does not constitute sufficient demand.

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