This one is definitely considered a rumor for now, but the rumors are
starting to align themselves in a way that makes it all so much easier
to believe. Asus
has already been pegged as one of the first laptop
makers that'll be shipping Chrome
OS netbooks, and now Digitimes is
reporting that we could see that notebook as soon as June. Google
recently halted the shipments of their CR-48 Chrome OS netbook, saying
that the trial period had reached its conclusion and it was time to
start thinking about laptop companies who could ship them en masse.
The netbook is reportedly on track to sell for just $200 to $250, with
Intel inside and one of two operating systems: Android 3.0 or Chrome OS.
It's set to be marketed towards consumers who only need to handle basic
Office tasks and surf the Web, and for just $200, we suspect it'll sell
quite well. Linux-based netbooks never really gained traction, but
Google has a name brand that people trust. It'll be very interesting to
see if Microsoft will be able to counter this in any meaningful way. In
fact, we're still waiting for Microsoft to create a reasonable tablet
OS! Tick, tock!