Android, the smartphone operating system developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, is truly on the rise: T-Mobile’s G1 cellphone has sold a million units; Motorola is working on hardware that will run Android; Archos is planning a new device that would combine multimedia capabilities with the Android OS; Sony Ericsson is planning to release a handset that runs Android this summer; and now comes news that both Samsung’s i7500 smartphone, and the $250 Alpha 680 netbook will run on Android.
But its strengths lie in its low price–just $250–and the fact it’ll be the first portable PC running Android as an OS, giving buyers access to thousands of dedicated apps from the App Marketplace. It’s due in the next three months.
Is it time for Microsoft to start worrying? Last week it reported a dip in profits thanks to the netbook revolution, and maybe the Alpha 680 is a taste of future netbooks/MIDs running Android instead of a version of Windows. The might of Samsung behind the i7500 is also likely to propel it to success, which could take more of a bite out of the Windows smartphone market too.
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