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HP shows off 21-inch all-in-one desktop installed with Android

Hewlett-Packard is also bringing Android to the PC, and has unveiled a 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop installed with Google's operating system.

The device, called the HP Slate 21, was shown off at an HP event in Beijing on Monday. It's built with a high-definition IPS touch screen, and installed with Android 4.2.2, according to the company's official microblog in China.

HP could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Earlier this month Taiwanese PC maker Acer also showed off a 21.5-inch all-in-one installed with the OS at the Computex trade show in Taipei. Called the Acer N3-220, the desktop uses an 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and will be available in September or October.

Increasingly, PC makers are experimenting with Android, given that Microsoft's Windows 8 devices have struggled to attract consumers, according to analysts. Google promotes Android as a free and open operating system, and many tech companies are already relying on the OS to build their smartphone and tablet products.

PC makers will come out with more Android devices, "But the question is what is it going to look like?" said Bryan Ma, an analyst with IDC. "Most of the good Android apps aren't really for the larger screens."

Others are taking a more hybrid approach. Both Asus and Samsung have this month unveiled tablet-laptop convertibles that can run both Windows and Android.

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