Acer announces first Google Chrome OS netbook

Acer announces first Google Chrome OS netbook

Summary: Acer has nabbed the bragging rights to being the first to produce a Google Chrome OS-powered netbook, to be released some time next year.


Acer has nabbed the bragging rights to being the first to produce a Google Chrome OS-based netbook, to be released some time next year, according to a Digitimes interview. And the rest is being kept hush hush.

The netbook company has been working on the yet-to-be-named device since much earlier this year. They've also dallied around with Google before on the Acer Aspire D250 (seen above), which has dual-boot Windows XP and Google Android capabilities.

While we don't have an exact date, or even sample specs or prices yet, it's likely that this is only the first of an oncoming slew of Chrome OS-powered netbooks. Don't forget you can also get Chrome OS on your laptop already. And with the preview having been available for some time now, PC World has some additional tips to help you get it if you're having trouble.

Topics: Hardware, Browser, Google, Mobility, Operating Systems

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  • ChromeOS as dual-boot option

    Although not Google's plan, I think ChromeOS would be a great dual-boot option, for existing Windows & Ubuntu netbooks.

    When you want an instant on, fast, secure & no maintenance OS, for internet access, boot into ChromeOS. When you need a specific desktop application, boot into Windows or Ubuntu.

    As HTML5 web apps (with offline support & desktop app performance) gain momentum, the need to boot into a full desktop OS should diminish.
    • That would only make sense to me if....

      dedicated Chrome HW were installed to get much longer battery life on ChromeOS. If I could have a netbook that would be like the current crop of 10" Atom(?) based units when running Windows/Linux, but could, say double the battery life when running ChromeOS (ARM, tiny SSD, using only part of the RAM etc.) it might be a truly useful traveling companion. You would have a fully functioning PC as well as a very efficient smart cloud terminal. I would pay a small premium for that, but I might save few bucks by going for a smaller battery to save space/weight.

      If you do not need Windows, maybe a multicore ARM system that would run in a very low power state in ChromeOS would hit the spot.

      I think these are exciting times in the portables market.
    • The problem with that

      is that both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 boot pretty damn fast on netbooks as it is. A 15 second boot isn't that big of a deal, and I'm getting at least that using both OSes on my netbook (which is a year old now).
      Michael Kelly
      • Even more to the point ... the only time I ever reboot ...

        ... is when I HAVE to install a patch to the core OS that demands a reboot. This is around once a month at most.

        All other times, my laptops, desktops and netbook resume from sleep in < 2s.

        It's faster for me to resume my machine from sleep than shut down Windows (where I do the bulk of my work/surfing/etc) in order to boot into ANY other OS.

        Sorry Google, this is still a fail.
        • Why is this a "fail"?

          [i]Sorry Google, this is still a fail.[/i]

          Have you been beta testing it? It hasn't even been been released yet.

          I'm as big a Windoze basher as anybody but I at least waited until it (Win7) was released and I used it before I commented on it.

          Wintel BSOD
          • Yes I've tried it out.

            Haven't you?

            It was everything I expected and nothing I need.

    • Dual booting is too much complexity. To get something that is fool proof

      and just works, you need just one OS - Chrome OS.
      Yes, they will have to offer local applications
      whose data is backed up on the cloud. If anything
      ever goes wrong, you just re-flash it.
      • Nothing in life is that simple, Donnie

        You've been tipping at Steve Jobs RDF for far too long.

        Get a CLUE.
        Wintel BSOD
  • Netbooks are crap

    I don't know what day will be more cause for celebration - when netbooks go away or when rap dies.

    Netbooks are a very poor value, and the average consumer does not understand their limitations. We're fighting various departments here on campus who just look at the dollars and think netbooks are just small, inexpensive laptops.
    • The cause for celebration will be when....

      people like you stop making idiotic posts. Some people like netbooks and some people don't. Why does it matter so much to you what other people like? Are you really that intolerant?
      • Idiotic Posts?

        I have to agree as the owner of 4 (yes 4) net
        books. I bought one for each of my children and
        honestly in MY opinion, those are nothing more
        than a glorified email reader. It?s rare that I
        waste money but in this case, I sure as hell done
        just that! For a couple hundred more each I could
        have given the children a ?real? and ?functional?
        portable PC.
        • Your failure to....

          properly assess your children's needs does not justify an indictment of the form factor. I have two teenagers. They both have a dual core 15" notebook as well as a netbook. One does not necessarily replace the other. For light duty work while on the move, the netbook is unbeatable FOR MOST USERS, IMHO. For more serious work, the full size notebooks are MUCH BETTER.

          What I take exception to are sweeping generalizations like "they are crap" or "they are perfect for everyone". There is a multitude of user's needs out there and there is a considerable variety of products to meet them.

          And I am sorry you spent money on a form factor you later regret buying. When you try to do the best you can for your children, it is not a nice feeling that you have wasted your money. Consider looking for used notebooks for their desks. You can probably pick up decent used ones for a very reasonable sum, especially if you can live with dead batteries (use them as desktop replacements).

        • LOL - well said. My wife and daughter thought

          the same thing. Too small, and basically not nearly usable for their purposes. My mits are too big for the damn they are off my list.
      • Support costs

        At home, I wouldn't care what you use. At work, I want a minimum number of devices to support. Adding a new device is not a light decision since you can bet the farm that there will be no new staff hired to support it.

        I have to deal with the mental midgets with alphabet soup after their names who will purchase a netbook and then demand that we make it work as fast as their laptops -- the laptops with twice the memory, 6 times the processor speed, a display with more pixels, etc.

        After all, they are PhDs (or even post-Docs_ so that implies that they are experts on any topic.

        Hmmm... coming across as a trifle bitter here.

        • "a trifle bitter"

          I understand what you are saying and I agree with a lot of it, especially the support issues.

          The "bitter" part however is straight out of the left field. Anybody who makes sweeping generalizations about a product's value/suitability, and in particular when the product is selling well, needs to do a reality check.

          Do I think such statements are stupid? Yes. Does it make me bitter? No. It has noting to do with me. It does not affect me or reflect on me in any way. It does however speak volumes about the person making the generalization(s).
    • Actually, Netbook screens are getting bigger, processors more powerful,

      energy use going down.

      The sweet spot by the end of next year will be:

      1) 11.5 inch screen.
      2) dual core, 1.5 GHz
      3) 2 GB memory
      4) full size or nearly full size keyboard
      5) $250
      6) 64 GB SSD
      7) 12 hour battery life
      8) Chrome OS!!

      Shipments will double every year as prices drop,
      processing power goes up, memory goes up,
      battery life goes up. The screen size will top
      out at about 11 to 12 inches though, for size.

      Yes, there will be some idiots screaming the
      whole time. Nobody will listen.
      • You need 2GB and a 64GB HDD for ChromeOS? WHY????

        ChromeOS doesn't run any local apps other than the browser.

        Why, therefore, will it need machines with dual-core CPU's fitted with 2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD/HDD??????

        More likely, the sweet-spot for ChromeOS devices will be:

        1) 10" screen
        2) Single-core 800MHz ARM CPU
        3) 1GB memory
        4) 90% size keyboard
        5) 8GB SSD
        6) 12 hour battery life
        7) Chrome OS
        8) Mobile broadband card & 2 year contract with horrendous early-termination fee FAR exceeding the cost of an outright netbook purchase
        9) $99

        Again, without an internet connection, ChromeOS is nothing more than bits.
  • Agreed. Netbooks are crap

    Here is what people want: Sometime like the Sony P form factor with an ION chipset, 2-4 GIGs ram, and at least a 1.8 Ghz Atom. And HDMI out would be nice.

    This Atom 1.3 with GMA 500.. total crap. And (more crap) they all look like clones of a reference design. I bet half the people that buy an Apple product do so because it looks like the company hired an actual designer.

    • "Here is what people want:"

      Are you for real? You know what people want? How come you are not out there making billions selling the stuff people want?

      Did it ever occur to you that there are MANY different needs and wants out there, and that you cannot see past you own nose?

      Of course not. If that occurred to you, you would not make such stupid posts.
      • you are the only one!

        @Economister, did you realize that you are jacking off too much here ? You are the only one who thinks that netbooks are valuable. IMHO, netbooks are totally useless. It is much better to spend a couple of hundred more and get a notebook with more functionalies and capabilities. For an average customer, like adults > 50, they don't want a small screen making it difficult to read. For buniness class people, they want something portable, but that does not mean they don't want functionalities. :) A 13" laptop is good enough to carry and to satisfy the need of portability ! If that is too heavy for you, then you win !