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With all the advances of Android OS and it being a Linux based-OS (correct me If I'm wrong?) Why is there not a version of it for PCs / Netbooks / Laptops.

I mean people do enjoy android so much that I think there won't be a reason why they won't love it in a much more sophisticated and yet cheaper device like a PC. So what are the constraints?

asked Nov 30 '11 at 05:30

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Probably because android is currently not designed for a big computer. It's designed for small handheld devices and pads. Maybe in the future android will make a leap to PCs but I still don't think they can shake Windows off the throne.

answered Nov 30 '11 at 07:39

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Android is perfect for cell phones and playbooks as a example. Yes it is base on Linux. The thing with Android is that it was not meant I think for the Desktop. If your looking into using as an alternative to windows or Max OSX. Linux has 350+ different Distro's out there for use on a regular PC or Mac computer. That you can easily download and burn to a cd or DVD and install it on your computer. Heck Linux has even a Distro for my Silicon Graphics O2 model over here. Which is not a standard windows or Mac based PC. If your looking to use an alternative on a PC that is either windows Based or Mac OSX base. use a distro like Ubuntu, Red hat, Open Suse, Madriva of the computer and Android goes with the cell, and tablet based devices. Since any of the linux Distributions will come with a lot of stuff already preinstalled on it so you can work right away out of the box to start doing what you want to do with it. Instead of downloading the applications afterwards for what you need on it.

answered Nov 30 '11 at 13:25

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answered Nov 30 '11 at 15:39

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There is... goto http://www.android-x86.org/

I'm playing with the generic on an old Dell PC and it seems to work just like our tablet. takes some getting used to for example using ESC for BACK but if you know Android on another device it comes to you quickly.

PS there are several builds more current out there but I am using the GENERIC and it is listed as "Deprecated" which I guess means they are old and not being supported. But there isn't a more recent generic.

answered Feb 26 '12 at 11:35

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