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Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft is apparently planning on using royalty fees on smartphone technologies in an attempt to persuade Acer, ASUS and other netbook manufacturers to stick with Windows and bypass Android and Google Chrome OS on netbooks and tablets, according to sources in Taipei.  DigiTimes claims that  Microsoft is threatening to charge manufacturers for using its patented tech - including email and multimedia systems - as with their agreement with HTC, with fees amounting to around $10-15 per handset.

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Hivision PWS700A $100 Android netbook gets video review

Hivision PWS700A $100 Android netbook gets video review

Android was tipped as the open-source OS that could finally deliver true budget netbook-style devices - we're talking around the $100 mark, not the $200-plus - and Hivision had just the thing at CES 2010 earlier this month.  Over at ARM Devices, Charbax has been reviewing the Hivision PWS700CA, a 7-inch netbook based on a 600MHz ARM926 processor that could feasibly come in under $100 to consumers.

Video review after the cut

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Hivision Android netbook could be $149 [Video]

Hivision Android netbook could be $149 [Video]

Hivision aren't exactly a household name, but if you fancy the idea of a $149 netbook running Android then you should start praying that they become one.  In some distant corner of CES 2010 the company had brought along their latest models, 7-inch netbooks based on ARM Cortex A9 processors with the Google mobile OS, and according to Charbax they're not half bad.

Update: It's looking more likely that these netbooks use older ARM9 processors, not the newer Cortex A9.  That makes it even more impressive that they're demonstrating the speedy browsing experience talked about after the cut.  Thanks to those commenters who pointed this out.

Video demo after the cut

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Menq EasyPC E790 $80 Android netbook gets video demo

Menq EasyPC E790 $80 Android netbook gets video demo

What does $80 buy you these days?  If Menq have their way, and sort out their supply chain, it could get you an Android based netbook; the company's EasyPC E790 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 display and a Samsung ARM926EJ-S3C2450 processor, and while right now it runs Windows CE, Menq will be pushing out an Android firmware update within a month.  That's good news for techvideoblog's Charbax, as he's been playing with a review unit.

Video demo after the cut

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Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer's Android netbook has been regular grist for the rumor-mill, with delays tipped, buyer apathy prediced, along with vehement denials from the company themselves.  So it's with no small amount of interest that we read one of the first reviews of the Acer Aspire One D250 Android - as the netbook appears to have been labelled - courtesy of ePrice.  They found the AOD250 to be "semi-finished", with Android perhaps unsurprisingly causing many of the issues.

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Skytone Alpha 680 Android netbook gets video review

Skytone Alpha 680 Android netbook gets video review

Skytone's Alpha 680 Android netbook prompted a reasonable amount of attention back when it was first spotted in April, but then many other netbook manufacturers - with bigger names, like ASUS and Acer - started talking about using the open-source Google OS and we basically forgot about it.  Not so for Jason from Rockland, who has actually managed to acquire a lurid yellow Alpha 680 and proceeded to put it through a video review.

Video review after the cut

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Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer and ASUS are tipped to have frozen new netbook launches in the second half of 2009, in response to Intel's decision to postpone the launch of the Pine Trail-M platform - of which the Atom N450 processor is a part - until Q1 2010.  As part of that, Acer's dual-booting Android/Windows XP netbook has been postponed with no known launch date; the netbook, first shown in prototype form at Computex in June, was most recently expected to arrive in August.

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