Freescale Semiconductor has developed an ARM Cortex A8-based i.MX515 system-on-chip (SoC), and they have announced that Android is one of the operating systems that ports to the chip.

What does this mean in plain English? This SoC is now available in a development board, including a netbook reference design. According to Linuxdevices.com:

"The Open Handset Alliance's Android mobile Linux/Java project already supported ARM, including the Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM processor used on the HTC G1. The new Android support for the i.MX515 is yet another of numerous recent signs that Android netbooks are on the way."

It's exciting to contemplate a low-cost, Android-based netbook. The timing on when something like this could be available is uncertain, but when it is, how many of you will be tempted to pick one up?

[linuxdevices.com]

 
There are 6 comments

Ricky says:

This would answer my prayers..! I'm not kidding here, but I seriously want another way for Google to be in my life. ^^ And this would be awesome!

AndroidT says:

I might go for something like this but I am way more interested in the device that Archos will be coming out with this year. Of course, we are all excited about the new Android devices that are coming out but the problem is they keep saying that they are coming out, later this year, Q2, Q3, etc. that is what we heard last year until the G1 came out. I hate it when my hopes get up and then they are dashed, that is a real bummer. I just wish that all the TALK about a new device is coming and that someone would actually deliver.

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Anonymous says:

wow...this is going to be very interesting
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