ASUS Eee Pad Dropping Windows CE for Android

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ASUS unveiled multiple tablet computers at Computex earlier this year, claiming the devices will ship with either Windows or Android. It seems that Asus has had a change of heart, however, and decided to ditch Windows for Google Android in at least one of the units.

The folks at NetbookNews.com toured Asus headquarters to discover that the ASUS Eee Pad model EP101TC, a 10-inch tablet originally slated to ship with Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE), will now run Android instead.

According to their report, ASUS will wait for Android 3.0 “Gingerbread,” and then launch in Q1 2011, just in time for CES 2011.Asus Eee Pad

The report did not mention the other ASUS Windows Eee Pad, the 12.1-inch EP121. Asus announced that it would run Windows 7 Home Premium and sport an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor.

Android 3.0 for Tablets

If true, the move to Android 3.0 is evidence that Gingerbread will be the Android version of choice for tablet developers. The current version of Google’s mobile OS does not support resolutions beyond 800 x 640 and does not work well with typical tablet hardware and components.

Hewlett Packard could also be waiting for Android 3.0 for their rumored Android tablet. Rumblings last week from HP revealed they had delayed or even scrapped their Android device.

Source: NetbookNews.com via Wired

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