Asus Ditches Microsoft, Goes With Android

Android tablets are all the rage right now. Earlier, we told you about Lenovo's plan to launch an Android Tablet dubbed LePad later this year. It appears Asus is also eying Google's mobile OS for its first tablet device.

The upcoming Asus Eee Pad will be an extension of the company's already popular Eee netbook line. However, the Eee Pad will look and feel more like the iPad than a traditional computer. The Eee Pad has been in the works for a little while and Asus had reportedly been using a slimmed-down version of Windows as the operating system. Now, Netbooknews is reporting that Asus has scrapped Microsoft's OS in favor of Android.

By switching to Android, Asus will avoid any licensing fees since Google doesn't charge for using Android. The tablet will supposedly feature 3G connectivity with a wireless data subscription as well as Android 3.0 known as Gingerbread. Android 3.0 is expected next year. Asus is expected to wait for the 3.0 dust to settle and launch the Eee Pad in the first quarter of next year.

Asus Eee Pad - Computex 2010, second from the left and running Win 7.  Not for long...

Via:  Netbooknews
acarzt 4 years ago

More bad news for Microsoft lol

This makes sense tho.... it will bring down the price of their EeePad.

This is probably why I couldn't find any info about this Pad on their website lol

AKwyn 4 years ago

I agree acarzt, Microsoft needs to step their game up if they ever plan on gaining a piece of the tablet/smartphone market.

acarzt 4 years ago

Well right now microsoft doesn't make a product for this sector.

Windows 7 is to heavy for the hardware going into these tables, and it's too expensive.

Windows Mobile 6.5 was actually holding back some of the newer hardware!

And now Win Phone 7 is shaping up to be a disappointment. And they don't have a product for this middle market.

I don't think it will be long before MS pulls out of cell phones. I'm surprised they are still trying to compete in the MP3 market lol

They should just stick to Video games and PCs.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Really, I thought Windows 7 was supposed to be a better version of Windows Vista.

I agree Windows 6.5 was holding the newer hardware back.

Windows Phone 7 has a chance of not being a dissapointment if they add back the features such as copy & paste and multitasking. But if they release it in their current state, it's destined for failure.

acarzt 4 years ago

Windows 7 is better... but it would still seem sluggish on the type of hardware in these tablets.

It's too late into development to simply add those features back in for WP7. It's likely going to do very badly.

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