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Acer netbooks to dual-boot between Android and Windows
Category : General 08 Oct 2010 10:16 AM | Insider News
Earlier this year Acer began showing of a new netbook model, the Aspire One D255, capable of dual-booting between Windows and Android. Although as far as we know the option never became available in the U.S., it seems the company is furthering its commitment with Google’s mobile platform in its native Taiwan, where it reportedly plans to adopt the dual-OS approach to netbooks as a standard on all models sporting a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor.
The idea is basically to use Android as an Instant-On operating system which can be quickly booted for common tasks, including multimedia, email and browsing, while Windows remains the primary operating system to perform a wider range of tasks.
Acer is confident such an approach could stimulate demand and also citied figures from Gartner to point out that netbooks will not be replaced by tablet PCs. The company is aiming to ship 40 million notebooks in 2010, with a fourth of them being netbooks.