Acer working on Chrome OS netbooks and tablets – to ship 3rd quarter!
In an interview with Bloomberg, Acer has moved it’s Chrome OS netbook release to third quarter rather than the perceived second quarter of 2010. The pioneering Netbook producer has also spilt the beans on its upcoming product line and the news seems very good indeed:
An except from the interview:
“For Chrome, we’re aggressively pursuing to become one of the first, so there’s a change to the Microsoft-Intel environment,” Wong said.
Jim Wong is the head of Acer’s IT products division, who spoke with Bloomberg during an interview published on the 25th of January.
There were further revelations as to the company’s ambitions in leading the market in terms of Chrome OS Tablets and Netbooks. The company seems exceedingly confident in the success of Google Chrome OS which skeptics have labeled as ” Google Chrome with an extra tab or two”.
Except from Bloomberg:
One million of the 12 million to 15 million netbooks Acer sells this year will feature Chrome, he said, declining to say if the device run by that system will feature chips from Intel Corp. or ARM Holdings Plc. Acer sold 10 million netbooks last year, he said.
These figures show a great commitment by a company that aims to change the way we use our netbooks. A few years ago we saw companies like Acer pioneering in the provision of cheaper Linux based netbooks. It seems they are taking a similar path with Google’s Chrome OS but maybe this time with a more successful outcome.
Jim Wong also further revealed that Acer is waiting to gain “inspiration” from the upcoming launch of the long awaited Apple tablet/islate. We’ve seen some Apple inspired products from Acer in the past such as the ‘Sea Shell’ model hence it will be an exciting wait to see if Acer’s Chrome OS tablet will be anything as aesthetically pleasing and functional.