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Android ready to debut on a laptop for the first time

Google’s Android OS is set to break with tradition and land on a bona-fide laptop for the first time with rumours reporting that HP is on the verge of letting the little green monster onto a laptop.

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A leaked video carried by BGR reports that Google’s mobile OS will run on the Slatebook 14, which will be a low-end laptop similar to Google’s own line of Chromebook machines.

Specs are a major part of the video and show that it will have a 14in touchscreen display with a full HD 1080p resolution, an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a polycarbonate shell and will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It’s also likely to feature Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Beats Audio, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, SIM card slot, three USB ports, and an SD card reader to allow the onboard memory to be expanded.

Like other Google devices it will come with Google Play from launch and it looks like the firm is more than happy for the smartphone OS to be installed on a laptop that will presumably be pitched against its Chromebook machines.

HP has since removed the detailed video and when it comes to a release date, media outlets are expecting the laptop to get its debut at Computex 2014 in Taipei next month with a retail release likely to come at some point before the end of the year.

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Up until now the closest that Android has gotten to a laptop is as part of the growing band of hybrid tablets PCs that feature the mobile OS and fully-fledged laptops with the Android OS could be an attempt to address any gap between the hybrids and Chromebooks.