The Eee Pad (yes that’s the tablet PC one, not the eReader), more specifically the EP101TC was originally planned by ASUS to run Windows Embedded Compact 7, however it has emerged today that the Taiwanese manufacturer is dropping the Microsoft OS in favour of the latest build of Google’s Android 2.2 platform, ‘Froyo’.
Now, whether or not that Android is a favourable OS for a tablet PC is an extremely hot topic at the moment, but suffice it to say, ASUS is sitting in favour of Google on this one and intend to show off the Android-powered Eee Pad tablet at CES 2011, with it retailing shortly after.
The interesting point here is, Android 2.2 (Froyo) is only being dubbed as a prototype OS, and ASUS has refused to rule out the possibility that Android ‘Gingerbread’ may appear on the beautiful, and much-anticipated tablet device.
This is one of those announcements that just makes you want to wish your life away in order to test it out, so stay tuned over the coming months for any more developments not only on Asus Eee Pad as an Android tablet.
I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting ride as we see the competitors to the Apple iPad tablet released in the next year.
What do you think about the potential of Android tablet devices being released? Are you waiting to buy a device like this or have you already bought an iPad and are happy with that?
Do you think a lot more people will want to buy Android tablets such as the Asus Eee Pad that can run Flash and most likely have a cheaper price than Apple’s tablet? – in much the same way that the iPhone leads the way, only for the various Android devices to take the majority of the market?
Via – Engadget