Gartner: Android ‘snappy,’ Windows 7 less so

“Android is the first Linux OS backed by a strong consumer
brand–Google,” write analysts Christian Heidarson and Ben Lee in
Gartner’s Semiconductor DQ Monday Report.

“Though they stopped short of endorsing the platform–saying
that Android is a work-in-progress–they did offer some hope for
future Android-based devices running on ARM processors versus
Windows 7-based Netbooks running on Intel’s Atom processor. “There
is a sense among PC manufacturers that although Android is not
ready for prime time today–or tomorrow–it will inevitably get
there,” they wrote.

“The report continued. “When Android did work, we found that the
user interface was very snappy on relatively low-performance ARM
processors, more so than on Windows 7 on (Intel’s) Atom. What we
learned about support from critical software vendors convinced us
that there is momentum behind ARM in the PC industry, enabled by


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