Asus, a company best known for its component manufacturing on PC parts such as motherboards and DVD drives, has announced that it will be releasing a smartphone. The news was confirmed by, CEO, Jonney Shih in a recent interview with the New York Times. Based on the company's Eee line of affordable Netbooks Shih envisions the Eee Phone as the "interactive control" for the digital home. He said that, "Eee phone may become an interactive control. The whole digital network is the key."
According to the Unwired website, the new Eee Phone may also run on the Android operating system which would give the new handset an open source element that would only increase both its usability and popularity. The company already knows all about creating top quality components into small packages. It is also familiar with Linux. Battery life could be a challenge, however.
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