Last week the Android world was abuzz with talk of a $200 laptop running none other than the Android mobile operating system. The conversation was sparked by a CNET report quoting Intel executive vice president and chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter. The exec told the site that $200 level notebooks would "predominantly" be Android products making use of the Atom mobile processor from Intel.
So when can we expect this flood of cheap, touch screen Android laptops to hit the market? It could be a while, because as PCWorld notes even as the free licensing of Android makes it attractive, some features are lacking. To put it simply, Android needs work to be practical as a notebook operating system. Another factor is the rise of Chrome OS, which has already made its way onto a $199 Asus notebook.