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A close look at the Android OS

Dec 03, 2009, 23:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Although Android won’t take the desktop or standard laptop landscape by storm, the netbook landscape COULD be totally retooled when Android becomes a viable solution for those small portable devices.

"I do have an Android-based phone, but that wasn’t enough for me to know if this new OS is a viable alternative for the network laptop. In order to get a good enough experience, I thought I should get Android up and running in a VirtualBox virtual machine. I was surprised how easy this was. Equally I was surprised to see how well it ran. Although lacking a lot of functionality (and obviously still tightly knit into the fabric of the mobile phone technology, it was a quick and easy way to see how this operating system would function. So let’s get Android OS up and running in a virtual machine and take it for a spin."

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