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As reports continue to state Google will sell a custom built phone very soon, a new rumor suggests the search company will also release its own branded netbook PC when Chrome OS debuts in late 2010.

If true, it would mean that Google and Apple are set to compete yet again, this time in the hardware and software PC business. The latest rumor is just more evidence of why Google CEO Eric Schmidt was forced to resign from the Apple Board of Directors in August, as the two companies face off with competing browsers, phones and, in the future, operating systems.

According to TechCrunch, sources claim Google has talked to at least one PC maker "about building a netbook for Google directly." The talks supposedly went as far as Google making a request for proposal with "quite detailed technical specifications." Discussions about building the low-cost netbook are said to be taking place already.

"Theyre not in any particular hurry and seem to be aiming for the 2010 holiday season, a full year from now," author Michael Arrington said. "Our understanding is that Google intends to have the devices built, branded with Google, and then sell them directly to consumers. The only firm tech spec we've heard is that they'll be mobile enabled, and likely tied to one or more carriers with a subsidy."

Arrington also first reported of an imminent release of a "Google Phone" in November. While that news remains unconfirmed, the search company recently issued custom-built handsets to its employees. In addition, various reports have alleged that Google will directly sell the unlocked "Nexus One" phone contract-free starting in January, although U.S. carrier T-Mobile is also rumored to offer the device at a subsidized price.

Details on the supposed Chrome OS netbook are unknown at this point, such as what kind of processor the system might employ. However, Arrington speculated that it might run on an ARM CPU or Nvidia's Tegra line, bypassing the Intel Atom commonly found in low-cost machines today.

It was the announcement of Chrome OS that proved to be the final straw for Schmidt's presence on the Apple board. Google issued a technical introduction of the Web-based operating system in November.

Chrome OS will utilize the company's Chrome Web browser, running on a specialized Linux kernel. Software on the operating system will be Web applications that run within their own sandbox. There will be no native apps, and the operating system will not be nearly as sophisticated as Apple's Mac OS X.

As the netbook market has grown over the past year, rumors and projections have persisted that Apple would eventually release its own low-cost machine. Instead, Apple has remained in the premium-priced market, where it has achieved high margins and record profits from Mac sales.

The Chrome for Mac Web browser finally achieved its beta release milestone earlier this month. The beta release came more than a year after its Windows counterpart, which was much later than the company had hoped.
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As the netbook market has grown over the past year, rumors and projections have persisted that Apple would eventually release its own low-cost machine. Instead, Apple has remained in the premium-priced market, where it has achieved high margins and record profits from Mac sales.

And Apple should bloody well stay there. It's like being on a sunny beach in Martinique year-round. Now imagine how well they'll do when the economy improves.
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.
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£500 apple netbook (in the uk)

probably equates to $500.

all electronics are sent to the uk with a 1:1 ratio.
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To those who suggest a netbook Mac - hope it never happens. Why? Cause netbooks are useless. They are slow, lack features and do nothing that my Touch can't. If anything, make a Touch with a bigger screen.

As for a google netbook... meh will suck. I played around with Chrome OS in parallels, and it is just like the netbooks it will live on: featureless, boring and can do nothing my phone can't do today.

Anyway that's my view, I would take a 13 macbook pro with 4G for over a grand over 13 inch netbook with 4G any day, even if the netbook was given to me for free.
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As reports continue to state Google will sell a custom built phone very soon, a new rumor suggests the search company will also release its own branded netbook PC when Chrome OS debuts in late 2010.

If true, it would mean that Google and Apple are set to compete yet again, this time in the hardware and software PC business. The latest rumor is just more evidence of why Google CEO Eric Schmidt was forced to resign from the Apple Board of Directors in August, as the two companies face off with competing browsers, phones and, in the future, operating systems.

According to TechCrunch, sources claim Google has talked to at least one PC maker "about building a netbook for Google directly." The talks supposedly went as far as Google making a request for proposal with "quite detailed technical specifications." Discussions about building the low-cost netbook are said to be taking place already.

"Theyre not in any particular hurry and seem to be aiming for the 2010 holiday season, a full year from now," author Michael Arrington said. "Our understanding is that Google intends to have the devices built, branded with Google, and then sell them directly to consumers. The only firm tech spec we've heard is that they'll be mobile enabled, and likely tied to one or more carriers with a subsidy."

Arrington also first reported of an imminent release of a "Google Phone" in November. While that news remains unconfirmed, the search company recently issued custom-built handsets to its employees. In addition, various reports have alleged that Google will directly sell the unlocked "Nexus One" phone contract-free starting in January, although U.S. carrier T-Mobile is also rumored to offer the device at a subsidized price.

Details on the supposed Chrome OS netbook are unknown at this point, such as what kind of processor the system might employ. However, Arrington speculated that it might run on an ARM CPU or Nvidia's Tegra line, bypassing the Intel Atom commonly found in low-cost machines today.

It was the announcement of Chrome OS that proved to be the final straw for Schmidt's presence on the Apple board. Google issued a technical introduction of the Web-based operating system in November.

Chrome OS will utilize the company's Chrome Web browser, running on a specialized Linux kernel. Software on the operating system will be Web applications that run within their own sandbox. There will be no native apps, and the operating system will not be nearly as sophisticated as Apple's Mac OS X.

As the netbook market has grown over the past year, rumors and projections have persisted that Apple would eventually release its own low-cost machine. Instead, Apple has remained in the premium-priced market, where it has achieved high margins and record profits from Mac sales.

The Chrome for Mac Web browser finally achieved its beta release milestone earlier this month. The beta release came more than a year after its Windows counterpart, which was much later than the company had hoped.

With Google its always the game of deception, they will come out with not so great product and few months/year later they combine it with something and the end product would be mind blowing.

Although everybody would be manufacturing netbook, this will come with Google products working seamlessly almost like full blown netbook.

I think anything they are releasing in 2010 has the target of turning into a monetizing gaint in 11-12 else theyll pull plug out of it slowly and nobody will notice.

Looking ahead ... HTML5 allows app developers to build webapps that function while offline. Add SVG, WebGL, O3G, Native Client, etc. and developers should be able to build webapps that behave & perform like desktop apps. Plus, webapp bugfixes & upgrades can be propagated to millions (billions?) of users instantaneously. but they better hold all the manufacturers to one codebase and one standard.

I heard from a developer from one of the biggest game devs in the Bay Area that developing a game for the Android sets are not as straightforward as for the iPhone. Apparently each manufacturer has something a bit different and it has to be tweaked for each.

Did Google not hear of the MPEG I debacle? Oh, right, most of the people running Goog were probably in first grade


Finally the Google Chrome OS is not really an OS in the usual sense of an OS Yes, a version is available to download and install, but as I understand it, Google intends it to be installed by the hardware manufacturer in the firmware. Can you say Web or Net Appliance ? thought you might. This was attempted many years ago, and never really caught on. I bought one these for my Father, so we could email and do some minor web browsing, but it never worked properly. Personally, I am not ready for Cloud Computing I suspect this might be accepted by computing Newbies and Folks who cant or wont learn to use a more complete system.


GOOGLE isn't looking to good IMO and besides search the company is just another POS! Just like it's snake CEO
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Google will not produce any handsets or net-books. These rumours are completely unfounded. The Nexus One is a Google Christmas present to employees, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. The G1 was given last Christmas, and in keeping with Google's beliefs and to prevent locking in employees to a certain Carrier world-wide. All deceives come completely unlocked, this allows Engineers to create whatever they like and test the handsets to near destruction.

It is however true that Google is starting a "Powered by Google" programme. This programme is a set of stricter requirements, meeting them allows manufacture to place the Google logo on their products.

For netbooks, the same is true. The strict requirements are things like;
  • Screen Size
  • Capacitive touch
  • SSD Drive
  • Android market place (not a custom store)
  • HSDPA/CDMA (LTE) compatible

* Edit - Reselling their own handset would also destroy the agreement with the Open Handset Alliance and damage Androids growth.
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.

Short sighted.. yeah Apple are buggers like that. Complete lack of vision.
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Seems like Eric Schmidt picked up a lot of great ideas while on Apple's board. He had tremendous access to Apple's product roadmap, market research, and long term strategy. Even though he might have been 'asked to leave the room' during discussions about competing products, he still had access to department managers at Apple who were likely more than willing to tell a Board Member anything he wanted to know.

As far as yet another Google product... I continue to argue that I don't want a company, who's primary revenue stream is advertising, to know any more about my day to day activity. For the same reasons I don't want a Google phone, I don't want a Google computer.... privacy.
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ah google, behind the curve again....I am sure google is going to look foolish when this apple tablet comes out before the google netbook....

netbooks are junk, my roommate bought one and it was a new toy for a few weeks, and then he went back to his desktop and realized WoW is much better on a 24" monitor. I have not seen him use it in months.

He bought an 32gig Touch last night for a trip he is going on, and he was blown away by it. He is not a mac-hater, but was just a PC guy, and will have to be because of his trade, 3D animator. I see him as the traditional PC person discovering Mac all over again.
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.

Acers profit margins on netbooks would like a word with you.
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.

Unless you are joking, this is one of the most misinformed, idiotic comments I've read here in a while.
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With Google its always the game of deception, ...

I'm sorry, I just can't take anything you say seriously after you did that juvenile "first post" thing.
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If anything, make a Touch with a bigger screen.

Exactly! Which explains the ever-present tablet rumors. There has to be a tablet sooner or later just because it's the next thing apple would do if they were apple, which they are. And it will do to the netbook market what the iPhone did to the smart phone market. And just like the iPhone, it will be mostly about the software, not the hardware. So unless Schmidt stole the tablet OS, google should dock him some of his spy pay.
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I'm sorry, I just can't take anything you say seriously after you did that juvenile "first post" thing.

cut a guy a break man, I was excited to post first. Geezzz, take the stick out of your butt.

What I've said so far should be taken serious
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GOOGLE CEO stole as many ideas from Apple as possible. Very soon there is going to be a Google version of iPod since they have now planning to sell music and movies.

Why didn't Steve Jobs figure this out until it is too late?
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Google will not produce any handsets or net-books. These rumours are completely unfounded. The Nexus One is a Google Christmas present to employees, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. The G1 was given last Christmas, and in keeping with Google's beliefs and to prevent locking in employees to a certain Carrier world-wide. All deceives come completely unlocked, this allows Engineers to create whatever they like and test the handsets to near destruction.

It is however true that Google is starting a "Powered by Google" programme. This programme is a set of stricter requirements, meeting them allows manufacture to place the Google logo on their products.

For netbooks, the same is true. The strict requirements are things like;
  • Screen Size
  • Capacitive touch
  • SSD Drive
  • Android market place (not a custom store)
  • HSDPA/CDMA (LTE) compatible

* Edit - Reselling their own handset would also destroy the agreement with the Open Handset Alliance and damage Androids growth.

^^
What he said 100% correct.
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I never liked The Schmidt. He reminds me of Microsoft.

To me, he seems like the exact opposite of Google's "Do no evil" motto. Anyone with me?

I'm also surprised/disappointed that the Apple board didn't kick him out earlier. Obviously there were mutual benefits and goals, but Google seems to have ripped off Apple too much as of late. Aside from moving iTunes online, acquiring Lala seemed like a "hey, fuck off" from Apple to Google.
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cut a guy a break man, I was excited to post first. Geezzz, take the stick out of your butt.

I could cut a boy a break, but not a grown up man. Immaturity amazes me..
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I never liked The Schmidt. He reminds me of Microsoft.

To me, he seems like the exact opposite of Google's "Do no evil" motto. Anyone with me?

I'm also surprised/disappointed that the Apple board didn't kick him out earlier. Obviously there were mutual benefits and goals, but Google seems to have ripped off Apple too much as of late. Aside from moving iTunes online, acquiring Lala seemed like a "hey, fuck off" from Apple to Google.

I'm with you on this one... If you look back at the 2007 MacWorld keynote Schmidt walks on stages and "jokes" to Steve about the iPhone is the reason he wanted to join the board. Everyone laughed but it turns out he wasn't joking.

Also Steve could have wanted Schmidt on the board for the very fact of keep your friends close but you enemies closer (meaning) he could have noticed something extremely leery about him, but since his medical situation was becoming more crucial throughout the year he couldn't focus on that snake as much as he wanted.... I will continue to preach that besides search and Maps Google is a POS, that wants to invade your privacy.

I really hope Apple makes it's own Map App and integrates a better search for small devices like iPhone/Touch or Tablet (If it arrives).
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I could cut a boy a break, but not a grown up man. Immaturity amazes me..

All I wrote was "First to Post... Goodbye". Not that big of a deal.

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To those who suggest a netbook Mac - hope it never happens. Why? Cause netbooks are useless. They are slow, lack features and do nothing that my Touch can't. If anything, make a Touch with a bigger screen.

As for a google netbook... meh will suck. I played around with Chrome OS in parallels, and it is just like the netbooks it will live on: featureless, boring and can do nothing my phone can't do today.

Anyway that's my view, I would take a 13 macbook pro with 4G for over a grand over 13 inch netbook with 4G any day, even if the netbook was given to me for free.

Depends on what you want to do with the device.

Netbooks are very good at internet related stuff. Web browsing, social networks, email, IM, Google's web applications, and other, standards-compliant web applications. Browser improvements mean that slower hardware can feel faster than faster hardware running the older browsers.

They're a lot lighter too. I expect ARM netbooks, based on cloud storage and 10" displays, will be under 2lbs in weight, eventually as low as 1lb.

Chrome OS is very young, it will mature. It will incorporate Android at some point as well, and the app store, and "native" applications (of course running on the Dalvik VM, but it means Android is processor architecture agnostic from the start - Intel's greatest nightmare.

I'd take a 2lb 10" netbook for £200 over a 4.5lb £1000 13" MacBook Pro. I can make do with an iMac for serious computing work - I have no real mobile work needs - I know other people do, so my situation doesn't apply. Also I'm still going to get a real computer, the netbook is an add-on.
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I don't trust Google and I don't use it. They do seem like the next Microsoft, but in the "cloud." They compete against everybody regardless of platform and in about just about ever market. Netbooks, phones, desktops, web applications and in a way, desktop applications (mail, docs, etc.).

I guess there will be netbooks with Google labels and netbooks with Windows labels but none with an Apple on it... and that's fine by me. Anything less than 13" is basically unusable to me.
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netbooks are junk, my roommate bought one and it was a new toy for a few weeks, and then he went back to his desktop and realized WoW is much better on a 24" monitor. I have not seen him use it in months.

sounds like your roommate failed to do some research and has no idea of tech specs.

if he wanted to play WoW on that netbook, he's delusional. a netbook is made to get online quickly. nothing more.
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.

In less than 18 months, you'll revisit this and realize a dead market in profits today will be a dead market in production then.
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To those who suggest a netbook Mac - hope it never happens. Why? Cause netbooks are useless. They are slow, lack features and do nothing that my Touch can't. If anything, make a Touch with a bigger screen.

And do nothing a Touch can't? Please, turn the netbook on. When it's off it's useless.
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All I want is an iPod Touch with a larger screen and decent ebook reader software so I can read my books and magazines -- I can't see myself doing that on a netbook
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Google rumored to be doing this.... google wants to do that... google has alot of money, blah blah blah.

Google makes all their money on promise... on potential. They don't actually do very well when it comes to actual physical products. Think about this. They made an OS for a phone. BFD. Sybian did that quite nicely for 10 years or so. And .... meh.

What is their actual plan to MAKE MONEY? Ads? Analytics about a nonexistent market?
How do they break from from the phone companies that bury their "brilliant" and "freeing" OS? THEY CAN'T. That is the genius of Apple. That is what they got away with. They did it to the music industry, and they've done it to the phone industry.
In both cases, they leveraged a product that no one could even come close to touching.
Moreso in the iPhone case. Remember they marketed the iPhone for more than a year before they got a taker. Apple has at least 3 years on any other company in the market. They also have managed to build amazing loyalty and habit out of people, just like the ipod did with the itunes store. Why the hell would you EVER leave ipod and move to some other music service. What a pain in the butt that would be.

Same thing with the iPhone. The only possible issue here is if you don't like the AT&T layer in all of this, and I can assure you Apple will drop AT&T exclusivity as soon as it becomes beneficial to their business. ( which is real soon now, once Verizon gets a network that can handle voice and data at the same time and everyone realizes that the storms, and droids and all the current 2nd generation offerings STILL suck compared with iphone.

Google, thankfully, will not be a player in this and will go back to being the ad agency it pretends it's not.
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And do nothing a Touch can't? Please, turn the netbook on. When it's off it's useless.

Tell me sir, what can your netbook do that my touch can't? And don't say flash, cause that's an apple imposed limitation that can be overcome (imobile cinema for jailbroken devices).

Also tell me what Google OS can do that I can't do on a touch. I would like a detailed list please.
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Depends on what you want to do with the device.

Netbooks are very good at internet related stuff. Web browsing, social networks, email, IM, Google's web applications, and other, standards-compliant web applications. Browser improvements mean that slower hardware can feel faster than faster hardware running the older browsers.

They're a lot lighter too. I expect ARM netbooks, based on cloud storage and 10" displays, will be under 2lbs in weight, eventually as low as 1lb.

Chrome OS is very young, it will mature. It will incorporate Android at some point as well, and the app store, and "native" applications (of course running on the Dalvik VM, but it means Android is processor architecture agnostic from the start - Intel's greatest nightmare.

I'd take a 2lb 10" netbook for £200 over a 4.5lb £1000 13" MacBook Pro. I can make do with an iMac for serious computing work - I have no real mobile work needs - I know other people do, so my situation doesn't apply. Also I'm still going to get a real computer, the netbook is an add-on.


All speculation about a future non existant product. You know the iTablet will run core i7, have 1GB DDR3 video ram, 16GB DDR3 RAM and 1 TB Flash storage. Which device is better now.


As it stands i easily substitute an iPod Touch for a netbook, and don't miss a beat. Oh and it's cheaper then a netbook too, and has 100,000 apps (give or take cause some are iphone specific)
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Google will not produce any handsets or net-books. These rumours are completely unfounded. The Nexus One is a Google Christmas present to employees, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. The G1 was given last Christmas, and in keeping with Google's beliefs and to prevent locking in employees to a certain Carrier world-wide. All deceives come completely unlocked, this allows Engineers to create whatever they like and test the handsets to near destruction.

It is however true that Google is starting a "Powered by Google" programme. This programme is a set of stricter requirements, meeting them allows manufacture to place the Google logo on their products.

For netbooks, the same is true. The strict requirements are things like;
  • Screen Size
  • Capacitive touch
  • SSD Drive
  • Android market place (not a custom store)
  • HSDPA/CDMA (LTE) compatible

* Edit - Reselling their own handset would also destroy the agreement with the Open Handset Alliance and damage Androids growth.

Hey this is a rumour site. We don't want the truth. We can't handle the truth.
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Tell me sir, what can your netbook do that my touch can't? And don't say flash, cause that's an apple imposed limitation that can be overcome (imobile cinema for jailbroken devices).

Type a long report without going insane?
Run Eclipse?
Run Visual Studio?
Hackintosh it and run iLife?
Store 500GB of movies, photos and stuff on it?

Sure some things are slow and some things suck on a 10" screen. But I can get some real work done that would be impossible on a touch.
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Also tell me what Google OS can do that I can't do on a touch. I would like a detailed list please.

Type on a physical keyboard.
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1) Vaporware.
2) Me-too. Google is the new Microsoft.
3) Yawn.
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That said, I predict: September 6, 2010 news headline (you heard it here first): -- "Apple files IP theft lawsuit against Schmidt, CEO of Google." Google will countersue. And, from then on, it will be Apple v. Google, not Apple v. Microsoft ("Hi, I'm a Google.......").
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It's too bad that Apple is too short-sighted and arrogant to see the worth of the netbook space. Something in the $300 range. Too bad.

Au contraire...
This validates their approach. Google is going to beat MS's pants off in the race to the bottom while Apple solidifies the premium/quality end. Joining in this dive is the last thing Apple wants to do.
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Google will not produce any handsets or net-books. These rumours are completely unfounded. The Nexus One is a Google Christmas present to employees, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. The G1 was given last Christmas, and in keeping with Google's beliefs and to prevent locking in employees to a certain Carrier world-wide. All deceives come completely unlocked, this allows Engineers to create whatever they like and test the handsets to near destruction.

It is however true that Google is starting a "Powered by Google" programme. This programme is a set of stricter requirements, meeting them allows manufacture to place the Google logo on their products.

For netbooks, the same is true. The strict requirements are things like;
  • Screen Size
  • Capacitive touch
  • SSD Drive
  • Android market place (not a custom store)
  • HSDPA/CDMA (LTE) compatible

* Edit - Reselling their own handset would also destroy the agreement with the Open Handset Alliance and damage Androids growth.

This is the most likely explanation of Google's intentions, and previous acts (the G1 handout last Xmas) bear this out.

If so, it comes as a relief to those of us fearing the worst - that Google had taken leave of their sane and calculated strategy of playing to their strengths and core competencies to plunge head-first into hardware, branding, retailing and the rest of that massive "bag of hurt" required to pull this off.

As things appear(ed), in addition to the ever-present threat of number one rival and STILL incumbent threat Microsoft, they seem(ed) to be going down the path of cultivating another deadly foe, ex-partner Apple Inc and its CEO Steve Jobs.

No matter how healthy the balance sheet of the firm and how rosy its future prospects, Google needs that scenario like they need a hole in the head.

I still think Android is fast turning into a regretted enterprise with diminishing returns, but I guess the die is cast and what's done can't be (easily) undone...
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Type a long report without going insane?
Run Eclipse?
Run Visual Studio?
Hackintosh it and run iLife?
Store 500GB of movies, photos and stuff on it?

Sure some things are slow and some things suck on a 10" screen. But I can get some real work done that would be impossible on a touch.

Agree:
- Run Eclipse, no I guess you can't really code on an ipod.
- Run Visual Studio, same as above
- Hackintosh it and run iLife, well no but how well would that work on a netbook? BTW didn't apple kill atom support, though it may have been worked round already. You can in theory get a photoshop app and do some basic editing on a touch. (plus in a way you are running OSX on a touch anyways

In Between:
- Type a long report without going insane, I think a crammed netbook keyboard and screen would make that hard on a netbook as well. Plus a long report can wait until you get home .
- Store 500 GB of movies, photos and stuff, 500GB netbooks are not very popular in my experience, more like 160 or 250. I guess I could store a bit at a time or make use of online storage.
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Google will not produce any handsets or net-books. These rumours are completely unfounded. The Nexus One is a Google Christmas present to employees, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. The G1 was given last Christmas, and in keeping with Google's beliefs and to prevent locking in employees to a certain Carrier world-wide. All deceives come completely unlocked, this allows Engineers to create whatever they like and test the handsets to near destruction.

It is however true that Google is starting a "Powered by Google" programme. This programme is a set of stricter requirements, meeting them allows manufacture to place the Google logo on their products.

For netbooks, the same is true. The strict requirements are things like;
  • Screen Size
  • Capacitive touch
  • SSD Drive
  • Android market place (not a custom store)
  • HSDPA/CDMA (LTE) compatible

* Edit - Reselling their own handset would also destroy the agreement with the Open Handset Alliance and damage Androids growth.

Makes sense to me. Thanks.
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I still think Android is fast turning into a regretted enterprise with diminishing returns, but I guess the die is cast and what's done can't be (easily) undone...

Android's job (as well as ChromeOS) is to prevent any single company gaining too much power and locking Google out. Google doesn't care about hardware or operating systems. They are not looking to make money from the Android OS. Apple and RIM were quickly carving up the smartphone market between the two of them. Introducing Android helps the competition such as HTC and Motorola whilst boosting the web as an open and fully standard platform (Google's real goal). So far it seems to be working.
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