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$99 Android PC maker hopes to set off industry change

Michael Kan | June 6, 2013
MiiPC wants to license the Android PC designs to tech vendors.

But the prospects of a full-blown Android PC succeeding in the market are low, said Dickie Chang, an analyst with IDC. Notebooks running Google's other operating system, Chrome OS, have only gained a small following and other Linux-based PC systems have struggled to take off. Windows is simply the more familiar and dominant platform, he added.

Still, the MiiPC, has potential to succeed in education markets, especially as more schools in Asia are adopting low-cost Android tablets, Chang said. "For teachers, they can very easily control the students and what content they are using," he added.

Song, however, is still hopeful his MiiPC can move beyond being only a PC for children. "The price is $99, so I think people will want to give it a try," he added.

 

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