Acer unveils Chrome OS devices in two weeks

It's been long predicted that Acer would be releasing devices running Google's Chrome OS, but now VentureBeat reports that that Acer will unveil the devices in two weeks, at the Computex Taipei show, which starts June 1st. 

Acer won't say what kind of device they plan on running Chrome OS on. It was designed for ultra-portable netbooks, but Google has made it possible for the OS to be implented on PDAs and ARM-processor tablets. Also unclear is how Chrome OS will integrate with Google's Android operating system, or if it will integrate at all. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said in interviews that the products will eventually merge, but never gave a timetable. Technically, either Android or Chrome OS could run on netbooks and tablets running smaller, mobile processors like ARM, but VentureBeat predicts that Google will stick to Android on tablets due to the fact that Android has already been optimized to work with touchscreens, a prime example being multi-touch capability. 

The planned release of Chrome OS was for the second half of this year, putting June slightly ahead of schedule, but it's very possible that Acer's devices won't be available for purchase until later in the year. 

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Internet is all i need nowadays... seriously, now with the whole Office 2010 coming out in an online version, whether its school or work, i dont need much than that. In regards to gaming, my PS3 will suffice!

Just imagine, how light, thin, rediciliously long battery hours and CHEAP this can be!

I tried chrome OS on a laptop on my test bench.... and as basic as the version was i tried... i thought it was pretty promising...! Granted... serious feature lacking, but it was an early version...! keen to actually install a newer version now, and see how that goes!!! For basic usage, quick boot and internet access.... i say in certain markets, it could be a big win!!!

I don't care what the rest of you haters think... this is going to be interesting, and I think it will spark a lot of interest for people who want to buy netbooks... which if you look around, netbooks are still hot and selling. Google is just jumping in to see what they can do. I don't think anyone can judge this until it's released.

Decaytion said,
I don't care what the rest of you haters think... this is going to be interesting, and I think it will spark a lot of interest for people who want to buy netbooks... which if you look around, netbooks are still hot and selling. Google is just jumping in to see what they can do. I don't think anyone can judge this until it's released.

A hater is someone who dislikes something simply because do not possess one of their own. Knowing this to be true how can you use such a term to classify everyone who has a contrasting view of the browser based OS while still using the word correctly? HINT: You can't. The simple fact is that techies were quick to berate Apple for allegedly "crippling" the iPad by limiting what you can do with the device so obviously there is going to be backlash for an OS that is so heavily dependent on the internet.

MarenLBC said,

A hater is someone who dislikes something simply because do not possess one of their own.

and i though that a hater is someone who wear a hat.

Tha hell... Why does Neowin censor words? Is this blog read by kids? Better not be, I love Neowin. I eat Neowin for breakfast, brunch before bruch, brunch, brunch after brunch, them some lunch before lunch, then some lunch, then I stay at a hospital getting my stomach treated.

But seriously though, why censor words on such a popular news blog?

On topic: New stuff always makes people nervous. Heck, people who haven't even tried the thing say its gonna fail. First of all, its free. Second of all, Google ain't stupid, they ain't perfect but they don't throw out such big things like these for nothing. Except perhaps the Nexus One, who should have picked another StarTrek-y name to begin with.

Artillery said,
Tha hell... Why does Neowin censor words? Is this blog read by kids? Better not be, I love Neowin. I eat Neowin for breakfast, brunch before bruch, brunch, brunch after brunch, them some lunch before lunch, then some lunch, then I stay at a hospital getting my stomach treated.

But seriously though, why censor words on such a popular news blog?

On topic: New stuff always makes people nervous. Heck, people who haven't even tried the thing say its gonna fail. First of all, its free. Second of all, Google ain't stupid, they ain't perfect but they don't throw out such big things like these for nothing. Except perhaps the Nexus One, who should have picked another StarTrek-y name to begin with.

Well in reality, civilized people can talk without swearing. Kids do read Neowin articles. My friends brother (12) reads articles here. Almost knows as much about computers as myself!

Artillery said,
But seriously though, why censor words on such a popular news blog?

Because it wants to stay a popular news blog.

So....if your out of wifi range....or on a s-lo-w network connection.... is it as fun?
or
If you are within wifi range are you not near a regular computer?
or
If not near a real computer... wait... what is this targeting again?
Web access at a place that you dont have direct access to a computer but need to user Internet Based Applications only?
Doesnt 90% of cell phones do this already?

atari800 said,
So....if your out of wifi range....or on a s-lo-w network connection.... is it as fun?
or
If you are within wifi range are you not near a regular computer?
or
If not near a real computer... wait... what is this targeting again?
Web access at a place that you dont have direct access to a computer but need to user Internet Based Applications only?
Doesnt 90% of cell phones do this already?
It will most likely use 3G/4G with WiFi as backup, with a generous data plan this could be really good. It's basically a dummy terminal where nothing is stored on the machine (all cloud based) and you use it to surf the net and access your data stored on the cloud via web services. That make any sense? or I make it more confusing?

Xerxes said,
you use it to surf the net and access your data stored on the cloud via web services. That make any sense? or I make it more confusing?

So...you need to purchase a data plan from say... AT&T to access 3g/4g
I am just not getting the concept here. I (speaking for myself) think my cell phone fits this job/functionality already.
I guess I have to see one in a "real world setting" used by someone.

This should be pretty interesting we haven't heard any news update on chrome OS for a while now and all of a suddenly a company is implementing it on their system already. This is going to be veryyyyyyy interesting because there has been any release candidates that I know about.

Biglo said,
This should be pretty interesting we haven't heard any news update on chrome OS for a while now and all of a suddenly a company is implementing it on their system already. This is going to be veryyyyyyy interesting because there has been any release candidates that I know about.

It's only "all of a sudden" for you because you are not in the loop meanwhile there are people who are working on Chrome OS day in and day out.

MarenLBC said,

It's only "all of a sudden" for you because you are not in the loop meanwhile there are people who are working on Chrome OS day in and day out.

Your comment makes not sense to what I posted, I'm staying that there hasn't been any big news about Chrome OS updates posted on any tech-news sites including this one, obviously I'm not working on the system and that includes millions of other tech people. Do you expect them to know about new updates and addons by browsing the site to see the progress of Chrome OS everyday step by step??? All I'm saying is its been a while since we heard any update let alone any release dates.

If iPhone OS gets grief because consumers feel that it stifles their computing experience I can't wait to see their reactions once they see an OS that is solely a web browser.

ADSfull said,

+1 i will laugh for ever, actually i twitted it xD

Well, its what happens when you get bored. Oh and you mean Tweeted, right?

DarkNovaGamer said,

Well, its what happens when you get bored. Oh and you mean Tweeted, right?

oh **** i actually said twitted! i mean tweeted yes