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An Android Netbook From Dell?

Published on May 6, 2009
by Justin Scheck

If you believe one Washington State software company, PC giant Dell (DELL) is coming out with a netbook that uses Google’s (GOOG) operating system instead of Microsoft (MSFT) software.

Google Android OS was developed for smart phones, but it’s proven attractive to makers of other devices, like netbooks, for its potential to break their dependency on Microsoft software and Intel (INTC) chips.

Unlike Microsoft’s Windows software–which most netbooks currently use–Android is free. And it runs on chips that use ARM architecture, which are made by companies other than Intel. As the WSJ reported in April, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has been looking at Android for possible future netbooks.

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