June 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm
At the Computex show in Taiwan a few weeks back, an Asus Eee PC was snapped powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and running Android. What was interesting is that this Eee PC was demonstrated on the Qualcomm stand and no similar demo was made by Asus. We now have word as to why that was.
Jonney Shih, Asus Chairman, said that Asus had originally planned to showcase an Android-based Eee PC at Computex, but their feeling was that it still needed more work. Asus felt that more development time was needed with Android to make the most out of the netbook experience.
He also confirmed that, right now, there is no timeline as to when they will start to put an Android Eee PC netbook into mass-production. In the past, Asus has said that no Android products will be released before Q1 2010 and I doubt much has changed there.
Shih was speaking at a shareholder meeting and also said that he expects the launch of Windows 7 in October to boost sales. I imagine Asus are lining up a number of models for the new OS, but so far details are thin on the ground. What is likely, however, is a multi-touch capable Eee PC T91 that was shown off at Computex.