The Alpha 680

alpha-680We keep hearing different things about Google and its reach out. Now this: The first notebook computer running Google’s Android operating system will be released this summer. The trial products of the Alpha 680 running low cost ARM chips is coming out in June.

The Alpha 680, made by Chinese company Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies has already been previewed at an electronics trade show in Hong Kong, and gathered the attention of stack holders with its eye-catching design.

Android – a software for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications – provides the tools and APIs required to begin developing applications that run on Android-powered devices.

The Alpha 680 device features a 7in screen, web cam, SD card reader, 1GB Nand Flash, AV out, two USB ports and an Ethernet port. It also has a hinge that allows it to be used as a netbook or a tablet PC. It will come in different colors (black, white, pink, red and yellow) and connectivity options include Edge, GPRS, CDMA, WCDMA and Wi-Fi. Of course, the Alpha 680 comes with an instant messaging client, a handful of games, and Google docs and Gmail as standard applications.

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