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The hit-or-miss Digitimes, which follows the PC manufacturing market in Taiwan, is reporting that Asustek is making plans to develop a cheap netbook that could either come with Android 3.0 or perhaps Chrome OS. The expected price of this unit is estimated to be around the $200-$250 price range.
While the PC market is still strong, sales of netbooks are falling because of the availability of tablets. Asus’ intention is to capture a market for cheap computers that don’t have to pass the Windows licensing premium onto the consumer in terms of price. It’s a valid strategy: sell an Intel Atom-based netbook for a low enough price and you’ll get the interest of wireless carriers, who will help subsidize the cost even more with data plans.
The Asus 1015PED runs Windows 7 and costs $310.
I’m not going to dismiss this rumor, but I would not expect a netbook like this from Asus until at least the fourth quarter of 2011. Google has said that initial Chrome OS devices will be laptops, which are bigger in size than netbooks. Asus’ plan, supposedly, is to offer their cheap netbook with a 10″ screen size. The prototype Chrome OS laptop released by Google, known as the Cr-48, comes with a 12.1″ screen and a full keyboard.
Although recent comments from Google CEO Eric Schmidt have raised speculation Chrome OS will be limited to just netbooks, it appears that won’t be the case.
We’re starting to see increased Chrome OS information coming out directly from Google employees. One nice but of reporting was a feature in the New York Times that quoted VP of engineering Linus Upson about hardware we will see the operating system on.
At the same time, it’s clear that Sandholm knows the open source nature of Chrome OS lends itself to open interpretation from other device manufacturers.
“Chrome OS is, of course, an open source project and there are different experiments in things like touch and other form-factors, so we are looking into that but there’s nothing new to announce there.”
A report from DownloadSquad a few weeks ago cited an unknown source saying that HTC would partner with Verizon in offering a Chrome OS tablet at the end of November. That report has not been confirmed, but HTC does a lot of work with touchscreen interfaces, even adding their own UI to Android phones.
While Google has expressed a desire to rid Android of custom UIs, it appears that the company is giving free reign to customization of Chrome OS in order to spur growth for the fledgling operating system.
A lot of form factor debate really boils down to the Chrome Web Store. Initially webapps launched with the store may be best compatible with existing laptop/netbook form factors. We’ll see how that develops when it’s released in October.
Chrome OS can follow the same path for tablets and netbooks as Android has for smartphones, says the Wall Street Journal.
A New York-based Google think tank is in works; it supposedly will be called Ideas and headed by Jared Cohen from the US State Dept.
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Visual search technology firm Like.com will soon be acquired by Google according to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington.
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