Gartner analysts said today that Android based netbooks with ARM chips are very promising. There are still a few kinks that need to be resolved, but when Android did work they found it was very snappy on relatively low-performance ARM processors, more so than Windows 7 on Atom.
The researchers noted that PC manufacturers believe Android is not quite ready for netbooks or similar devices yet, but that it will inevitably get there. The mobile operating system was developed for smartphones, but a number of initiatives have put the operating system in devices such as mini-laptops, netbooks and smartbooks.
"When Android did work, we found that the user interface was very snappy on relatively low-performance ARM processors, more so than Windows 7 on Atom," Christian Heidarson and Ben Lee wrote in Gartner's Semiconductor DQ Monday Report.