HP has confirmed that it is looking into netbooks based on the Google Android operating system. The computer firm said they remain open to considering various OS options for netbooks.
"Right now Android is barely finished for phones," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis. While it works well enough for T-Mobile's G1 smartphone, the software was released only last year and "the UI still feels half-finished," he said.
HP stressed that it was still only testing Android, an OS based on the open-source Linux kernel. It has assigned engineers to the task but has made no decision yet whether to offer Android in products, said HP spokeswoman Marlene Somsak. The news was first reported earlier Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.
"We want to assess the capability it will have for the computing and communications industry," Somsak said. "We remain open to considering various OS options."