Google to make their own netbook?

The Google rumors just keep on coming. First the Google Phone creates a buzz throughout the blogosphere, and now, SlashGear (via TechCrunch) is reporting that Google will produce a Google branded netbook as well. The netbook will, obviously, run Chrome OS and could possibly be tied to a mobile carrier, giving it Internet access wherever it's used. It would also be sold to consumers directly from Google.

The specs of the proposed netbook are unknown. Sources say that it may run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform and will most likely use a solid state hard drive, as Google pushed its use back in November when the Chrome OS platform was unveiled. SlashGear mentions some solid intel regarding the production of such a device, stating that "Google has produced a so-called 'request for proposal' – an invitation for suppliers to cost up and bid for a project – based on 'quite detailed technical specifications' from Google themselves."

Is Google really getting more involved with branding their own hardware, or are all these rumors just getting people excited for no reason? It's known that Google is working closely with hardware companies to deliver the best experience possible for Chrome OS, so something such as a netbook doesn't seem so farfetched. The benefits of a Google controlled netbook are unclear. The netbook is rumored for a later 2010 release, just in time for the holidays.

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It would appear that Google is looking at the Apple format. Instead of putting together an OS which runs on all computers (not Mac) it would run only on computers they produce. Smart move in the long run; further headaches down the road later on.

This isn't a surprise. Chrome OS is slated for specific hardware; it only makes sense Google would be providing the hardware.

Who on earth would buy a Tegra 2 netbook? Tegra probably costs just as much to produce as a regular Atom netbook, and it is FAR less apable and powerful.

RPDL said,
Who on earth would buy a Tegra 2 netbook? Tegra probably costs just as much to produce as a regular Atom netbook, and it is FAR less apable and powerful.

Nvidias got their back in the corner atm i'm sure they'd gamble at a loss but then again 40 and 32nm fabrication would mean cheaper wafers

What? Like this wasn't expected. It had to be obvious what Google was going to do the second they announced Google Chrome OS. This is not news. Google let it be known a while back what there intentions were. Next everyone will be acting totally surprised when Google announce they are going to be building a special OS just for Desktop Computers.

Makes sense to me. They are making their own phone to go with Android. Makes sense to have a netbook to go with Chrome OS. Should be nicer than most.

People used to whine about Microsoft jumping in the internet market, search engine etc. Google now is jumping on the hardware market. Nobody whines.

I don't know. I'm still of the mind that I'm waiting to see what happens with netbooks. To me personally they don't yet make sense. But they clearly do for others... LOL Who knows...

dimithrak said,
Google IS the next Microsoft... they have that "I want a piece of that pie too" attitude!

I think the perception is like that, when things actually get released or tested or solidly known about it's more of a good alternative approach more then wanting a piece it's more of different brand of pie at better price, the difference in taste and opinion is in the eater.

Yes, sense and ethics do belong to Microsoft. Let's not confise anyone here. Everyone knows the "do no evil" is a joke and Google proves it a little more each and every day.

Google has always been good at generating enough buzz about its products, and that's one effective marketing strategy.

dead.cell said,
As they should, considering they've been a little quiet for a while prior to all this.

Was just thinking that myself... yes they are getting a lot of press now, but it's been a while since they had any big news too.

Yappi said,
I'm not interested in an OS thats a browser. Scrap the project.


- Buy cheap Google netbook
- Wipe the OS
- Install 7 (or XP)

...unless, of course, the CPU is not x86-based.

I'm expecting to see some anti-virus software from them soon. I mean geez they are going to have one of everything soon enough.

Google to make their own _____?

In fact no, Google or purchase a previous technology or adopt it, then relabel it, strip & cut and present as a google product (for example Android and Chrome).

Magallanes said,
Google to make their own _____?

In fact no, Google or purchase a previous technology or adopt it, then relabel it, strip & cut and present as a google product (for example Android and Chrome).

You fail too, no more talking allowed. First, learn to form correct sentences... second, where did Chrome or Android get adopted or stripped and relabeled? Chrome uses the webkit rendering engine, yes... but the browser is completely unique, and Android is built on Linux, yes... but again, it's completely Unique.

vaximily said,
First, learn to form correct sentences...

[...]

Chrome uses the webkit rendering engine, yes... but the browser is completely unique, and Android is built on Linux, yes... but again, it's completely Unique.

I bolded the parts where your foot was in your mouth.

advancedboy said,
I bolded the parts where your foot was in your mouth.

Haha, yeah I use ... instead of a single . a lot. I was referring more to the fact that his sentences made no sense at all than that they were grammatically incorrect...

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

It seems feasible that any Chrome OS would run some type of Google Voice application including a dialer with mic/headset. Throw a little webcam on top of it and you're good to go.

I would imagine that Google has identified by now that Netbooks in their current form are a dieing breed. To truly move up in the market, they're going to have to compete with Smart Phones directly. Give it a 7-inch screen, all of the Android capabilities, touch-screen dialing for a phone that works exclusively through speaker or headset ( no point holding a 7-inc netbook up to your head! ).

Additionally, I see Google releasing this sort of product under their own wireless branding... if they're going to truly start manufacturing the hardware, they are going to run a soft-cell company like Boost or Virgin Mobile using someone else's network with their own branding ( hopefully they choose Sprint 4G / ClearWire! ).

This is all speculation of course...

Probably just be a re-branded or old unwanted stock from ASUS's EeePCs excessively large lineup of almost repeat models and sold US only if anything. lol

No doubt. I was at best buy the other night and there were SOOO many netbooks. The whole netbook market seems really crowded to me. I wonder if anyone is really making any money off them.

Shadrack said,
I wonder what is next? Google to make their own fast food franchise?


I'll take a double googleburger with cheese, a large g-fry and a chocolate Chrome shake.

yum yum

"...or are all these rumors just getting people excited for no reason?"

Yes, I agree completely. So let's just go as far in that direction as we can. Why stop at hardware?

Eventually, Google will be making their own people.

Shadrack said,
I wonder what is next? Google to make their own fast food franchise?

Nope, Google next project is to make their own solar powered cars!!!!

Ogmius said,
I'll take a double googleburger with cheese, a large g-fry and a chocolate Chrome shake.

yum yum

If Google starts making Googleburgers you know MS is going to come out with Bingburgers. Or maybe Xburgers... made (in China) from an unidentifiable, most likely toxic, synthetic protein composite.