One of the interesting highlights of the recent International Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas was the announcement from three PC makers that they are bringing Google Inc’s Android to desktops. The move is seen as in line with the increasing trend of many users turning to the Internet for storage, apps, and other entertainment tools.
At least three PC manufacturers have unveiled products with such features. Those were Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Acer. The term ‘Android all-in-ones’ was coined to refer to the mobile operating system going to the traditional desktop PC.
As we know, Android is common on smartphones and tablets. Interestingly, some PC makers are now trying new desktop usage versions of machines with Android running on large-screen computers. Thus, there could be a big change in the way people could work with their traditional PCs.
Lenovo is bringing Android to its N308 model with a 19.5-inch display. This desktop takes a price tag of $399. The Chinese company is also putting Android into a high-definition professional monitor, as in the case of ThinkVision 28-inch 4K monitor, which is originally designed to be used as an ideal professional display but is now also able to function as so-called Android all-in-one computer.
For its part, HP has unveiled the 21-inch HP Slate 21 Pro with a price tag of $450. The company said it has modified Android to make the PCs easily manageable and more useful especially during corporate events. Meanwhile, Acer TA272 HUL is another professional display PC with 27 inches of screen. It is designed to be capable to work as an Android all-in-one, but only when needed. The cost is $1,100.
According to analysts, adoption of Android all-in-one could further grow as a greater number of apps start migration to cloud computing as well as hybrid operations. They agree that there could be more productivity apps that may be introduced this year. There is an expectation that more PCs would eventually adopt not just Android but also iOS to make desktops more useful to consumers.
However, specific challenges are still present in Android all-in-ones. First, the free mobile operating system may not properly work in high-end equipment. Second, just like mobile, the Internet version of the program would also be more effective when they are connected. Lastly, some apps may also pose compatibility issues that could thwart overall business success.
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