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Acer to launch Chrome OS-based netbook next year?

By Matthew ยท 31 replies
Dec 2, 2009
  1. According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, Acer plans to launch a netbook based on Google's Chrome operating system in the second half of 2010. The tipsters said that Acer has been developing the device since mid-2009, which is around the time that Google officially announced its new OS.

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  2. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Sounds nice. I always like when companies include an OS other than Microsoft Windows, because some people won't get in touch with another OS otherwise.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    I could see ChromeOS working for Acer on their low-end netbooks. Those tend to be targeted towards users who spend lots of time online and don't need much horsepower or local storage, which is almost a tailor-made situation for Google's foray into operating systems.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    The android based One failed for a lot of reasons, first and most important, was the same machine as the AOD250 with the only plus of android... who would change a netbook just for it's OS? Yeah that's right, no one.

    Now google chrome OS might have more catch with people, since we already use google a lot for mail, search, chat, etc it is something that more than a couple will take the patience to learn how to use (Besides the common and basic features).
  5. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    I think that Google is moving things a bit too fast. I don't think we are ready for such an OS for at least 5 years. Be serious, who would want now to be completely dependent on the internet connection?
  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

    Agreed. I don't see either the OS or Acer's speed in adopting it to be very smart moves. I might get Chrome OS for the sake of playing with it, but that's about it.
  7. Hereimiz

    Hereimiz TS Rookie

    Nice to see some OS competition from a new angle
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Meh I'll keep to Ubuntu for my netbook for now.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Tried the usb chrome on my asus/intel and succeeded; all drivers appear to be there. Youtube video is choppy so perhaps there are more refined video drivers coming out. I don't know what option is open for printers, tho. That seems like a nightmare.
  10. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    mmh, interesting to see chrome being adopted. I'ts a good idea in my opinion because netbook should have a leaner os and more web-centric os. However, can chrome support all of the web standard and security is yet to be seen
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    So they should just wait 5 years, then hit the market with a product that MS or someone else has already done? They are being progressive, with a vision of a future of net-connected platforms, and are working towards that goal. If others had used your philosophy, the worldwide web wouldn't exist (oh, it'll be years before everyone has web access, let's just leave it as a bare console interface till then), just as an example. Forward thinking and being the FIRST to do things and push a concept has to be done by someone, why not Google?

    And, as evidenced some reactions, people just don't get who this product targets right now. It is intended for the person who lives on the internet now, who just needs a light appliance to get to their browsing, and doesn't need big complex programs with tons of local storage. ChromeOS is not a Windows replacement (at this development), it's a targeted product aimed at a growing niche market that is currently bogged down under larger bloated OS options that are overkill for the situation. If Google can do it faster/cheaper/better and let that limited hardware fly a bit higher, then I say more power to them.

    But, I don't see myself using it. I'm more of a power user, and it would probably be several iterations of ChromeOS (if it makes it past 1) before it was something that would be relevant to me.
  12. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    good news, microsoft really needs some competitions
  13. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I like the idea. More competition for M$! :D Anything that might bug M$ I am usually for :d
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Cloud computing is the future, no doubt about it. Of course there's still questions around data security, internet infrastructre, etc. which need to be resolved, but maybe a new OS from such am influential company will push things forward quickly.
  15. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Posts: 100

    I'm personally not a fan of Netbooks in general. So this Chrome OS thing doesn't sit that well with me. If I wanted to be connected anywhere I go, I'd rather get a nice smartphone and data plan (which I plan on getting anyway). And if I wanted to actually do anything productive, I wouldn't want to use such a tiny and weak thing as a netbook. my 2cents
  16. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    At first the idea of ChromeOS-based Netbooks sounded awesome..but getting to know how limited the OS is..I think it won't have many audience..only those who spend most of their time online and dont need much storage space or processing..
    But I'd still love to see some competition with Microsoft...
  17. FrankTank

    FrankTank TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I don't necessarily think MS is shaking in their pants at this. As everyone has said this is a niche product. Personally I could see this working out very well with netbooks and for Google. I think we may be seeing them move to get a stronghold in the netbook market which is growing and growing. We may even seen Netbooks move further down in price since their not carrying the cost of the MS OS.

    TS- Thanks for posting this article. I learned a lot in reading other members post and it even forced me to go a step further and spend some time educating myself on this subject.
  18. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Good for Google , absolutely stupid for Acer . You know why ;) :D
  19. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Second half of 2010 is a long way off. Win 7 isn't going to have any competition and is going to totally dominate on all the new Pine Trail netbooks coming out early next year.
  20. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 35

    google actually said that it wont be a competitor for mac os or windows.. it is just targeting netbook segment.
  21. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Some companies are now planning products to run on this software, maybe because it is suposed to be free and for that the total price of the product will be lower, lower prices mean more sales haha, everybody will benefit, but seriously, do you remember what happened when linux was being used on netbooks some time ago?, microsoft dropped the price of it's windows XP and the dream was over, If this software catches on or seems to be starting to, Microsoft will probably do the same and as most of the people do not know what linux is or what chrome will be, when they are offered a laptop with this OS or Windows, they will probably chose the one they know.

    Google has to be very careful about this if they want to get an important share of the market with their OS, but I'm not negative, i would love to see Microsoft kicked in the ...
  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I hope GCOS makes it out there, will mean a bit more competition, though I doubt big time it will boost at any point the amount of linux users out there, and according to marketshare percentages, they are but a few.

    Like most back there said, people are just not ready to depend full time in internet connection. Until 3G is accessible for everyone anywhere at any time, it might.
  23. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Chrome doesnt stand a chance to even compete with free OS's like Ubunto which is also free and been in developement for quite some time. I'd rather stick with my XP for that.
  24. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,656   +320

    Hopefully Acer will include Chrome OS as a second OS on a Windows netbook. Let it be used for quick net access when desired. That'd put it in reach of Windows users, unlike a standalone Chrome OS device, which will likely not see many buyers.
  25. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    They are starting to make cell phones out of computers, that's what Google is doing!
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