Rumor: Google now planning to release branded netbooks

Thu, Dec 17, 2009

News, Rumors

TechCrunch reports that Google is eyeing an entrance into the netbook market, and has set its sights on a 2010 holiday release.

Google has, according to multiple sources, been talking to at least one hardware manufacturer about building a netbook for Google directly. As in Google gave the company an RFP with quite detailed technical specifications and has begun discussions on building it.

They’re not in any particular hurry and seem to be aiming for the 2010 holiday season, a full year from now. 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.


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