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Acer to Unveil First Chrome OS Devices at Computex

Gordon Kelly


It is shocking to think almost six months to the day have passed since Google first unveiled Chrome OS to the world and now the first Chrome OS devices could be just weeks away.

According to a report by VentureBeat "multiple sources" have confirmed to it "that the Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which will be held from June 1 to June 5."

VentureBeat was unable to give any information on what these devices may be (Acer has previously dismissed tablets), but - if correct - some sort of Intel based netbook or ARM powered smartbook form factor would seem inevitable. With the OS being completely free and its Cloud Computing approach requiring little storage they should also be cheap.

Does the timing make sense? Actually it makes perfect sense since late last year Acer chairman JT Wang declared his company would release Chrome OS devices in the second half of 2010, a timeframe which also ties in with the release date Google has targeted for the platform itself.

Of course many questions remain about Chrome OS, not least how it will fit in with Android given the latter's impressive momentum that has seen it overtake iPhone sales during Q1 in the US. The simple view is Android for smartphones, Chrome OS for laptops and desktops, but Android has already been seen running on many smartbooks and proposed for tablets. In fact, even manufacturers themselves seem confused.

So let's hope this report is correct and Computex will provide a few answers. We're packing our bags and scheduling our meetings right now, so we'll be able to tell you first hand.

Update: Despite the perfect timing, we're now hearing other sources say Acer has no plans to show Chrome OS devices at this stage. Both are equally plausible, so we'll just have to wait and see...



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