The lesser of ASUS' two Eee Pad tablets
announced at Computex
this year, the EP101TC
, is getting itself a software rejig ahead of its planned early 2011 launch. Originally slated to run on Microsoft's Windows Embedded Compact 7 -- a wordy OS, if nothing else -- the Pad will now entrust its operational infrastructure to Google's Android
. ASUS is currently working on prototypes with Froyo
on board, but Gingerbread (or Android 3.0
) has not been ruled out as a possible final OS choice. We're told to expect the first public demos at CES 2011, with retail units likely following on from there at a relatively brisk pace.