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Why the time is right for the 'Droidbook'

Mark Hachman | June 11, 2013
With the confluence of touch, tablets, and Android-powered productivity apps, the time might be right for manufacturers to think about Android-powered notebooks.

If Samsung or others did launch a Droidbook, an OEM would almost certainly have to exercise some control over the applications displayed on the device, probably via its own app store. Android detractors will undoubtedly shake their heads over the possibility of further fragmentation, but it won't be that bad—any tablet-optimized app should work relatively well, provided they're designed to accommodate the landscape form factor. And most are.

Again, a "Droidbook" isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. It might be a curiosity amid the numerous tablet offerings, or something that can be designed as an accessory to, say the Google Nexus 7. But Google's Chromebook Pixel shows that the company understands hardware design. I'd certainly like to see a convertible Android tablet manufactured with the same build quality as the Pixel. What about you?


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