Google's Android OS is coming to a netbook near you.
In the coming months the Google Android OS will make its debut on its first netbook, the Alpha 680, which is expected to launch as a final prototype in June and hit store shelves within the next couple of months afterward according to Computerworld. The device will cost customers $US250 ($AU353).
Nixon White, co-founder of Skytone, told Computerworld that the device is undergoing its final tests at Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies.
The 680g netbook touts a 533MHz ARM 11 CPU -- the same chip contained in the iPhone -- and has a 7-inch LCD display, keyboard, touchpad, comes equipped with built-in WiFi, and a battery which will last anywhere from two to four hours while browsing the web.
The Linux based Android OS was initially designed for use in mobile phones, but analysts predict that the OS will begin to make its way onto many other devices. Linux models are attractive because the software which they run can be downloaded and installed free.
Above: a Skytone netbook - ignore the suspicious screenshot of Firefox running on Windows XP.
It is reported that Dell and HP are both considering the Google Android OS in upcoming smartphones and netbooks.