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Google Chrome OS netbooks $300-$400 says Schmidt

Google Chrome OS netbooks $300-$400 says Schmidt

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has revealed new details regarding the upcoming Chrome OS based netbooks, including some of the thought processes behind the development of the web-centric platform and what price tags he expects to see hardware land with.  According to Schmidt, "the price points you should think about are the current netbook pricings which are 300 dollar, 400 dollar price points," figures he points out that are led by manufacturers and are predominantly derived from the cost of processors, glass and other components.

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ASUS confirms Google and Windows Eee Pad tablets for 2010

ASUS confirms Google and Windows Eee Pad tablets for 2010

ASUS have slowly been trickling out details on their upcoming tablet strategy over the past few months, with quietly-debuted hardware at trade shows and talk of at least two models sometime in 2010, and now chairman Jonney Shih has thrown some OS talk into the mixture.  Speaking to Forbes, Shih confirmed that ASUS will be keeping a foot in both Microsoft's and Google's camps, with at least one machine running either Google Chrome OS or Android and another getting Windows, as they prepare to take on Apple's iPad.

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Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Whether you're on the "bring on the Flash" side of the fence, or patiently counting down the days until its demise at the hands of HTML5, you can't escape the fact that much of the online content we see is powered by Adobe's technology.  Google have therefore announced a new build of the Google Chrome browser that has Flash baked in; it's the first step in their collaborative work with Adobe to tighten up the Flash experience with a new API rather than the flaky browser plug-in method currently used.

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Google Chrome OS tablet rumors reignite

Google Chrome OS tablet rumors reignite

In these tablet-charged times, it doesn't take much to start a touchscreen rumor running.  Google's Senior Product Manager of Search, Anders Sandholm, found that out yesterday, when questioned about Google Chrome OS and the possibility of a touchscreen device running the web-centric platform.  Sandholm reportedly fumbled about for a tactically answer, settling on "I can't... I mean... right now we are targeting netbooks, that's what we're focused on, but I expect it to work well... we expect it to target everything up to desktop computers."

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Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer's plans for 2010 include ebook readers, Google Chrome OS netbooks, an app store and - potentially - a tablet running either a Microsoft or a Google platform, according to Jim Wong, the company's president of IT Products.  The executive has revealed that by the end of June, Acer will have announced its first 6-inch E Ink based ereader, around the same time that the company expects to launch an app store with titles for Android, Windows and Windows Mobile; Chrome OS support will follow on later.

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HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC's potential tablet plans have always been played down by the company - CEO Peter Chou edged around speculation a few months back, before speculating that his engineers were "carefully looking" at netbook possibilities later on - but that hasn't stopped the rumors.  According to Smarthouse HTC are preparing "several working models of a touch tablet", including at least one running Google Chrome OS; their sources reckon HTC will be giving private demos of an Android version at CES 2010 next week.