Chrome OS Netbooks Rumored to be Available for Christmas?

It’s just a rumor, with hardly any solid sources, so skepticism remains high on the news that Google and hardware partner Inventec could be releasing their Chrome OS netbooks for the holidays.

Google’s Chrome notebook is expected to be manufactured by Inventec with initial shipments to reach 60,000-70,000 units. The Google Chrome notebook will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels.

The sources pointed out that after Google announced its Chrome notebook, Acer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) will follow suit and launch their products in December, at the earliest, to test the water. Both vendors’ products will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while Asustek Computer is currently still observing the market.

I still don’t understand why Google has two different OS’s for their mobile phones and tablets/netbooks.  It’s like they’ve never heard of the word fragmentation.  Hopefully, it will be more polished when released than Google TV appears to be. [via BGR/Geekosystems]

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