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Acer D250 Android netbook revealed: Also runs Windows XP

Acer, which makes some of the most popular laptops in the world, is readying its first Android netbook -- the Acer Aspire One D250-1613 -- and a Windows 7 version could be close behind

Acer, which makes some of the most popular laptops in the world, is readying its first Android netbook.

The Acer Aspire One D250-1613 -- the D250's 'Android edition' -- was spotted by various bloggers as having shown up on Amazon's US site today. It's almost identical to the Aspire One we reviewed back in July, but features the better 1.6GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU (the old one used the N270) in addition to running both Android and Windows XP operating systems.

In theory, users can fire up the Android OS in seconds instead of waiting a couple of minutes for XP to load. In many ways it's just what earlier netbooks aimed for by using custom builds of the Linux OS, and is useful for quickly firing off an email. But it didn't last -- people just opted for what was familiar: Windows.

So what Acer has done is offer up the choice, but within the same computer. There's no integrated 3G however, which seems like a gargantuan oversight considering Android is a mobile phone operating system.

The new D250 isn't official yet, and when contacted Acer declined to comment on whether it'll even launch in the UK.

We'll be inquiring at an Acer press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Rumour has it a new netbook running Android and Windows 7 could also be shown off. Make sure you check back with us to find out if it was.

Got this far without knowing what Android even is? Have a butchers' at our Google Android introductory video to learn more.