03/04/2013 08:30 | By Joe Minihane, contributor, MSN Tech

Google Android laptop incoming

Android-powered device could try and succeed where Google’s Chromebook has failed


Chromebook (© Google)

Google is working on a laptop powered by its Android mobile operating system. The device will hit shelves in September or October, giving it a good run at the always rampant Christmas market.

The news comes from Digitimes, the Taiwan-based website renowned for causing untold gossip about forthcoming high profile tech products. It claims that the apparent fast-tracking of the so-called Androidbook is due to the appointment of Sundar Pichai as the head of Android. Pichai formerly headed up Google’s Chromebook project.

Google Chromebooks have been up for grabs for three years, but have failed to catch on. The web-focused Chrome operating system, which runs on its Chromebooks, hasn’t been the success the Big G hoped either, despite the launch of its top-end Chromebook Pixel back in February. Instead, it seems that Android is being drafted in to take up the slack.

How much an Androidbook would cost, and whether there’s even space for it at a time when tablets are outstripping conventional PCs, remains to be seen. It appears, though, that Google is at least keen to find out.

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