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DownloadSquad’s Lee Mathews is reporting from some unknown source that the official launch date for a Chrome OS device will be on November 26. It’s said to be a tablet, and will have the basic features that were expected from the device with a 32 GB solid state drive and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor based on ARM reference designs.
This seems a tad surprising to me since HTC was not listed as an official Chrome OS partner, but since that list was put out, the market has suddenly changed. There is a huge demand for tablets as opposed to laptops, and although we will see devices with keyboards arrive as well at some point, it’s smart to make a splash with a Chrome OS tablet for the holiday season to ramp things up.
It makes me wonder whether or not Intel-based chips are going to be a big part of Chrome OS because of the reliance on the cloud. Intel’s recent purchase of Texas Instruments’ cable modem unit to gain share in the Google TV set top box space may be a sign that they are not ready for the web application-based future like ARM is.
Hey, at least there will be some Chrome OS action for the holiday.