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ASUS Possibly Dumping Windows CE for Android

Is ASUS tossing out Windows Embedded Compact 7 (CE) for Google's open-source Android platform? That may be the case for the EP101TC Eee Pad according to a recent visit to the ASUS headquarters. Currently it's unknown if the device will use Android 3.0/Gingerbread, however ASUS allegedly said that it was waiting for the OS to launch before releasing the tablet.

If that's the case, the ASUS EP101TC Eee Pad won't appear until the end of the year. Reports claim that ASUS will release subsidized versions to wireless carriers in December, and then follow up with an official unveiling at CES in January 2011.

So far specs are rather sketchy, but reports have indicated that prototypes are currently using Android v2.2. For now the device is still slated to feature a 10-inch touchscreen and a possible 10-hour battery. The tablet will also measure 12.2-mm thick and weigh around 675g. There's also mention of 3G capabilities.

News of the movement to Android isn't all that surprising. Just recently Nvidia VP of Mobile Content Neil Trevett said that Android was going to be the Windows of the mobile world. When compared to the Apple platform, he noted bigger benefits of Google's open approach with the Android platform.

Still, with a current established application base of over 70,000 apps--and the number continues to grow on a daily basis--the Android platform seems to be the likely choice for mobile devices.We'll see if the reports ring true when ASUS makes the EP101TC official by the end of the year.