Updated from March 31.

Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) is considering Google's ( GOOG) Android operating system to power some of its netbooks.

"We are indeed studying it," said an H-P representative. The development had been reported earlier in The Wall Street Journal.

The move would be a big win for Google in the growing netbook segment and would also serve to further loosen Microsoft's ( MSFT) grip on yet another new product area. The news comes just months after Motorola ( MOT) announced it was building all its new smartphones with Android operating systems this year.

Microsoft's Windows XP had previously battled exclusively with Linux for installation in netbooks.

Netbooks are stripped down laptops that generally sell for under $400. In a recent check, nine out of the top 10 computers sold on Amazon's bestseller list were netbooks.

The growth of netbooks has attracted Apple ( AAPL) to the game. The Mac maker is reported working on a touchscreen version of the device.

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