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Google Inc (GOOG): Forget Its Chromebook — Where’s an Androidbook?

Search giant Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s Chromebook push is less than three years young. In that time, Big G has expanded the lineup to include numerous OEMs, and most recently added a super high-end Pixel model that sports a touchscreen and $1,299 price tag.

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There’s also been much speculation that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) may eventually merge Chrome OS and Android, a possibility that Fellow Fool Tim Beyers is betting on, even as Chairman Eric Schmidt seemingly shot down that idea last month. Android chief Andy Rubin stepping down and handing over the mobile keys to Chrome exec Sundar Pichai certainly fuels the speculative flames further.

What about an Androidbook?

That’s what DIGITIMES is now suggesting is in the works; the Taiwanese publication is pegging the late third quarter or early fourth quarter as a tentative launch date for such a device. There are some laptops running Android already out there, but none officially from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).

While an Androidbook would theoretically be able to benefit from the massive number of Android apps available in Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play, most of those apps are tailored for smartphone displays and to a lesser extent, tablet displays. Android has integrated scaling algorithms, but that sometimes results in wasted space in apps that are just scaled up.

At the same time, it would likely be a cheap experiment for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to pursue. PC vendors would probably sign up to further diversify their portfolios away from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8, since that platform has received a lukewarm reception at best. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) now offers Chromebooks for exactly this reason as part of its multiplatform strategy, making it conceivable that the PC giant could be interested in Androidbooks, too.

Thus far, Chromebooks have failed to make a meaningful dent in the broader PC market, while Android is taking the mobile world by storm. Would you buy an Androidbook?

The article Forget Google’s Chromebook — Where’s an Androidbook? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google and Microsoft.

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