Reports from Sony Insider suggest that Sony is working on a Chrome Notebook which they are likely to release this summer. The rumours come in light of recent reports that Asus is also currently working on their own Chrome OS powered device.
News coming in from Digitimes suggests that Asus is planning on releasing a Chrome OS powered netbook mid year (possibly in June). This comes as welcome news as Google’s Sundar Pichai recently announced that Google had stopped shipping CR-48′s to make way to third party devices.
“Along with thousands of random and unaffiliated pilot beta testers, the following corporate workers will be helping Google get a shine on the Chrome: reservation agents at American Airlines; the engineering, sales and marketing teams of Logitech; the sales team and store employees of Jason’s Deli; the hotel suites and call centers of Intercontinental Hotel Group; the production line employees at Kraft Foods; and every single employee of Virgin America — including the pilots.” Yes, I too hope that it is not while flying!
The first user submitted photo’s of the CR-48 Chrome Notebook are beginning to trickle in as a number of people have began to receive the device in the post. We have already shared with you the latest video unboxing of the device. It seems like Engadget was lucky enough to receive these first few pictures.
Just a day after Google announced the release of the Chrome OS Beta and the CR-48 Chrome Notebook, it seems like a lucky individual has already received the device this morning! There was a lot of disappointment when many Google fans found out that the CR-48 was only available for those in the USA. Even for those based in the USA it may not be that easy to get one of these babies; Google is only having 60,000 of these devices manufactured. If you are interested in getting one (and if you are in the USA) you may apply here.
Today Google has revealed that Chrome OS will indeed be released as a Beta. As we expected Google has announced that the beta will only be usable on a generic, none branded device that they are calling the CR-48. You will not be able to download and install the Beta on your current device but will rather need to lodge an application with Google to get one of these devices shipped out to you (Google explains more):
Acer has just gone ahead and burst or bubble. In recently we published what we believed to be a “leak” regarding Acer showcasing a set of Chrome OS devices at Computex; it turns out this wasn’t true.
Well folks…it has finally been leaked; news is out that the first Chrome OS ‘devices’ (note the plural) will be officially announced in 2 weeks!
This week Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt spoke at the Atmosphere Cloud Computing Summit. He answered various questions regarding the direction that Google was taking as a company; but more notably he spoke at length about Google’s upcoming operating system (Chrome OS).
Google has said that its upcoming Chrome operating system is designed primarily for netbooks at launch. And that makes sense, since it’s basically an OS built around a web browser.
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:
CES 2010 is only a few days away and we are all anticipating leaks and announcement from all the world technology leaders. The big questions remain though, at least questions that we are concerned with.