Coretron’s Tech Blog

January 5, 2009

PC/Cellphone hybrid complete: Android installed on laptop

Filed under: Technology — coretron @ 4:54 am

It makes sense too. Lots of netbooks these days are being used with linux on them. It’s free and performs better on lower powered machines than Windows does. Most people only need to browse the web, play music/videos, and maybe some word processing, they really don’t need something as complex as Windows. So if people and companies are content with the simple versions of linux they install on their machines then why not just run android. Of course, at this point it is lacking the essential applications to be used as a main computer and the interface was obviously designed for a touchscreen phone. I’m sure in time someone, if not Google, will make a more netbook friendly distribution of Android. People could have the same applications installed on their computer and their phone. A torrent program  for one will run on the other. Games can also be developed for both systems. In the not too distant future our laptops will be able to easily access the cellular internets, making them a portable always connected device just like your g1. One of the last things I did when I was playing with my g1 was make a phone call, its more like a laptop than a phone. 

This guy’s blog post explains how Google stands to make good money from this. 70% of the sales of applications and games sold through the market place goes to the guy who made the program, the rest goes to the carrier and Google. With Android installed on a laptop there is no carrier and Google stands to make 30% of all software sold. The blog post also has the infamous Steve Balmer quote bashing Android:

I don’t really understand their (money making) strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said, ‘hey, we’ve just launched a new product that has no revenue model!’…I’m not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that’s kind of what Google’s telling their investors about Android.

Keep in mind that Google has said there is nothing stopping another company or person from starting their own application distribution system. So it’s not like Google has a monopoly on access to applications on the operating system.

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1 Comment »

  1. FIRST!!!!

    I would buy one. In this respect I am like most people.

    Comment by Scumbag J — January 8, 2009 @ 10:54 am


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