Why is Google making an Android laptop?

android-logo-peekingRumors of an Android laptop in the works have started circulating the internet just a week before Google IO. Yes, you read that right, an Android laptop. Like you, I was scratching my head when I first read this. Why would Google make an Android laptop?

Google already has a desktop platform – Chrome OS. Plus, Android is not really optimized to work as a computer replacement. We would understand if they were trying to do an Android tablet with a keyboard (which has been done), but the rumor doesn’t seem to hint at something like that.

Granted, we don’t have many details, but I simply can’t get the idea of it across my head. Google just released the Chromebook Pixel, which is pretty much the Nexus of Chromebooks. Why take away from it and try to move Android into the computer space?

If this happens to be true, we will have to wait and see what it’s like before making a final judgement. We will have to wait and see if we see something at Google IO. It just seems odd, though, don’t you think?

[Apple Insider]



  • It doesn’t seem all that odd to me. But then I’ve been saying Android is a better platform than Chrome OS from the beginning. If Google just adds some desktop functionality, and optimizes the display for desktop appearances then Android could be a very useful desktop OS. Plus it’s already light weight making it a natural netbook option. And Chrome OS sill just feels lacking when it comes to local storage and native applications. Obviously most apps would have to be optimized for desktops, just like they are for tablets.

    Perhaps that’s just me but I’m super excited for this upcoming Android laptop.

  • MIkw

    A merger of OS’s perchance or just doing lots of things and seeing which gain traction with consumers. Geeks do things – just cos they can!

  • Many geeks have already been running Android X86 on laptops – works fine – could do with a slight dpi tweak but keyboard and mouse have worked great since 3.0.

  • Shawn_Locke

    Nothing about this at Google I/O unfortunately.