It’s been rumored for years that Google would one day release an eponymous Linux operating system variant, but nothing ever materialized. The closest that we’ve come is the Android OS designed for mobile devices and currently powering the T-mobile G1.
Recently, however, the Android OS has been recompiled (thanks to its open-source nature) to run on an Eee PC netbook. If it can run on the netbook platform, nettops can’t be far behind. Why would you want to run an OS designed for mobiles on a mostly-stationary desktop? Look at the applications. If Android can run on low-power devices such as nettops and Atom-powered all-in-ones, it’ll be able to take advantage of the wealth of new applications in development for the new OS.
Paired with a touchscreen, such as in the Atom-based all-in-one put out by Asus, Android could become a very cool option for its widgety interface, and quick access to media and online tools and applications. Best of all, it’s designed to run on relatively low-powered devices, meaning that it should fly like the wind with not much in the way of hardware. While it’s just a couple of guys working on the project now, I suspect we’ll see this blow up, and soon.