Samsung is inviting journalists to an event that is occurring next week on May 11 directly after Google’s I/O conference sessions, fueling speculation that Chrome OS hardware from the company will be unveiled next week. During a December Chrome and Chrome OS event, Google identified both Acer and Samsung as the initial Chrome OS hardware partners.
In the last few weeks we have seen two devices that have been appearing in Chromium’s bug reports: a “ZGB” device that has been linked to Acer and an “Alex” machine supposedly from Samsung. Both of the devices run on Intel’s Atom processors yet reportedly have form factors that are slightly larger than that of netbooks. It’s unknown whether the two devices will be targeted towards the consumer or business market, even though Chrome OS is expected to be available for sale in both of those spaces.
The Samsung event next week foretells some kind of hardware announcement, but it also may mean that the company is finally ready to get into the Google TV market. They’ve long been rumored to be working on Google TV products and now that the “2.0″ version is expected to be announced, this is also a distinct possibility.
What do you expect Samsung to announce around the Google I/O conference that is being held next week?
UPDATE: According to the website of journalist Joanna Stern, the invite from Samsung in San Francisco during Google I/O was sent via the company’s laptop division.