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Studio Laptops Get WiMAX Option; Dell Working On An Android-Based Netbook

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WiMAX it pretty rare right now, being in only a couple of places, specifically: Atlanta, Balitomore, and Portland. Dell looks to be preparing for the future by issuing a new WiMAX option to their Studio 15, Studio 17, and Studio XPS laptops. Keep in mind that if you do happen to get WiMAX, you will be paying a monthly cost from Sprint for the extra speed, so it may or may not be worth it right now.

It's no surprise that companies are testing Android to see if it is worthy for the netbook market. Well, the news is steam-rolling towards a possible Dell netbook. Bsquare issued a press release about Dell's supposed netbook without revealing any specific details. You can read the press release below, thanks to Gizmodo:

Bsquare to Port Adobe Flash Lite on New Google Android Netbook for Dell
Leverages Bsquare's Android Competency to Improve the Adobe(R) Flash(R) Lite Experience on Dell's Mini Inspiron 910
BELLEVUE, WA—(MARKET WIRE)—May 6, 2009 — Bsquare Corporation (BSQR - News), the leading software solutions provider to the global embedded device community, today announced it is porting Adobe's Flash Lite 3.17 technology onto Dell Netbooks running Google's Android platform.
Adobe is a leader in rich internet and user interface technology for mobile devices. Flash technology ships on over 800 million devices worldwide with more than one million designers and developers using Adobe Flash to build video and rich media applications.
Netbook and Nettop computers offer the functionality and efficiency of traditional laptops, but with lighter weight and better portability. Research firm Gartner estimates that worldwide shipments of netbooks will increase by 50 percent to 7.8 million units in 2009, while overall computer sales are expected to decline. Industry analysts also predict that Android will gain traction on smart devices, such as the ultra-portable Dell Mini Inspiron 910, which are used in a range of industries.
"Integrating Adobe Flash technology with the functionality of Google's Android platform on the full range of Netbook devices will allow our OEM customers to meet the high expectations their customers have of this new industry segment," said Bsquare's CEO Brian Crowley. "As the Netbook and Nettop market segments expand, our Adobe Flash Lite port to Android is just one of the software products we will offer our OEM and ODM customers."
In the last 12 months since its acquisition of NEC America's Adobe Flash Technology Consulting and Distribution business, Bsquare has worked on over 40 different customer devices including handsets, set top boxes, digital signage, consumer devices and netbooks. Bsquare has built an Android competency in its professional engineering services group through customer engagements and by hiring top talent in the field.

[Crunch Gear (WiMAX), Gizmodo]


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