February 19, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
We have seen the talks of Android-powered netbooks in the past and the latest news is coming courtesy of chipmaker Freescale. It seems they are expecting to have their Android chips available by Q2 of this year.
Of course that does not mean that we will immediately begin to see an Android netbook become available, remember Freescale is simply producing the chips. As for availability, they have mentioned that they are “focused on developed markets” but did not mention anything more specific. Additionally, according to the Reuters report they are also currently speaking with Encore Software in hopes of being a part of India’s education program.
Finally, and although Freescale cannot really determine the final pricing, they have suggested that netbooks built around their technology can be “made at a cost of about $100. Personally, I would like to see Android on a netbook, or at least have Android properly ported so it could easily be installed. Given that, I am not going to get excited just yet, especially about seeing one for $100.