With Android-based netbooks being a possibility in the near future, it may come as no surprise that Asus is working on a low-cost laptop powered by Google's Android OS. Asus introduced the popular Eee subnotebook running Linux, so Android may be a natural (evolution?) fit for a new low-cost subnotebook.
The advantages to Asus for using Android are several:
- Android is open, so no licensing fees
- Google / Android branding = name recognition
- Third-party software availability
- Android familiarity due to Asus Android smartphone development