HP readies Google Android netbook

The world’s largest PC maker is reportedly testing a budget laptop that runs not on Windows, or Linux, but Google operating system software.

Satjiv Chahil, a vice president of HP's PC division, confirmed today that his company is trialling a new computer running on Google’s Android OS.

However, Mr Chahil told The Wall Street Journal that his company has not yet decided whether to go to market with the product.

Android, based around a Linux kernel, is written in Java and was originally designed for smartphones.

So far, only HTC has released an Android-based smart phone, but Motorola has models on the way, and Dell is said to be considering one.

Earlier this year, Google moved Android development staff to Taiwan, home of most manufacturers in the netbook scene - sparking speculation that an Android-based netbook from Asus, the pioneer of the new class of ultra-cheap, ultra-portable laptop, will soon release a model running Google’s software.

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