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Report: Acer Launching Chrome OS Netbook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Acer is reportedly planning to launch a Chrome OS netbook in the second half of next year.

Digitimes today cites industry sources who say Acer has been planning since the summer a netbook running Google's Chrome OS and plans to launch the mini notebook in the second half of 2010.

The report is one of the first to surface about a vendor's plans to produce a netbook running solely on Chrome OS. Digitimes goes on to say that Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence that the company will be the first vendor to launch Chrome-based netbook in the market during a recent interview with Digitimes.

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    apmyhr , December 2, 2009 7:02 PM
    CushgodMovin on up!!! Movin on up!! move out of the way microsoft move out da way!!

    Have you even read what Chrome OS is? I don't want to get into a debate about whether or not the completley internet focused OS is a good path, but even Google will admit that Chrome OS is not meant to compete with Microsoft Windows. This OS is geared towards a niche market which wouldn't threaten Windows at all.
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    cushgod , December 2, 2009 5:12 PM
    Movin on up!!! Movin on up!! move out of the way microsoft move out da way!!
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    JohnnyLucky , December 2, 2009 5:38 PM
    I doubt there will be much of a market for that particular OS.
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    captaincharisma , December 2, 2009 5:51 PM
    no thanks. i tried that leaked beta and if it stays the way it is it will be worse than Microsoft BOB
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    igot1forya , December 2, 2009 7:00 PM
    I only care if makes netbooks cheaper :)  This way I can wipe it and load a real OS :) 
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    apmyhr , December 2, 2009 7:02 PM
    CushgodMovin on up!!! Movin on up!! move out of the way microsoft move out da way!!

    Have you even read what Chrome OS is? I don't want to get into a debate about whether or not the completley internet focused OS is a good path, but even Google will admit that Chrome OS is not meant to compete with Microsoft Windows. This OS is geared towards a niche market which wouldn't threaten Windows at all.
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    lifelesspoet , December 2, 2009 7:18 PM
    Put a snapdragon or tegra arm processor in it and I'm sold. If you want to sell me an unfamiliar os with a underpowered cpu, at least make it one that uses less power.
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    idoln95 , December 2, 2009 8:45 PM
    Come on Google !
    Make a proper OS!
    We don't want this bu****it network based OS!
    we want a proper one!
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    belardo , December 2, 2009 9:45 PM
    Can we get an Amiga OS version of a netbook?
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    captaincharisma , December 2, 2009 10:18 PM
    i agree, google has the money to make an OS from the ground up. but they stuck with making another GUI for the crappy linux OS
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    skine , December 3, 2009 12:25 AM
    idoln95Come on Google ! Make a proper OS! We don't want this bu****it network based OS!we want a proper one!

    Woosh.
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    mman74 , December 3, 2009 6:37 AM
    I don't get a lot of this anti-Chrome sentiment. It's a Netbook. You aren't going to run 3D games on it. You aren't going to type out massive reams of document on it (not unless you want writer's cramp). You are mainly going to surf on the move.
    Low overhead OS, on a low power CPU, at a very low price (i.e. free).
    Netbooks and Chrome are a match made in heaven.
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    buwish , December 3, 2009 8:38 AM
    Oddly enough, I can see Chrome OS being quite popular in the netbook segment.
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    deathblooms2k1 , December 3, 2009 4:06 PM
    mman74I don't get a lot of this anti-Chrome sentiment. It's a Netbook. You aren't going to run 3D games on it. You aren't going to type out massive reams of document on it (not unless you want writer's cramp). You are mainly going to surf on the move.Low overhead OS, on a low power CPU, at a very low price (i.e. free).Netbooks and Chrome are a match made in heaven.


    If the only purpose of the netbook is to surf on the move, then you might as well buy a decent smart phone, as they are even smaller. I think netbooks are meant to be the in between of the smart phone and a regular laptop, if they are not providing any more functionality than a smart phone, then what's the point? This is why I feel like netbooks long term success is futile, smartphones are getting exceedingly more powerful and powerful laptops are getting exceedingly more cheap and energy efficient.
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    shamgar , December 3, 2009 5:23 PM
    but can it play crysis?????????
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    nawat , December 3, 2009 9:28 PM
    deathblooms2k1I think netbooks are meant to be the in between of the smart phone and a regular laptop, if they are not providing any more functionality than a smart phone, then what's the point?

    I've never seen a phone that could provide the same internet experience as a web browser on a full-blown OS could (Except phones that put XP on them of course). Smartphones are limited to relatively simple websites. I'm using WM6 and Opera is the best I could get. It doesn't even completely support facebook's home page, forget Flash-based websites and games. It's also proxy-based. Moreover as far as I know, Adobe just said that it won't support Flash on the iPhone.

    Therefore, until we have a decent browser on smartphones, I believe there is still a lot of room for netbooks. There're tons of advantages of netbooks over smartphones.
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    mman74 , December 6, 2009 11:36 PM
    I am with nawat on this one. Web experience on Smartphones (Yes, I have WM6 with Opera and an iPhone) is completely underwhelming, and that's putting it politely. Flash? Anything other than Youtube is a big no-no. Secure logins e.g bank account checking? - fail big time. Active X plugins - you wish! Online applications - if only ... You get see where I am going with this?
    So if you are content with viewing static HTML pages on a 3" screen then by all means get a Smartphone.