December 7 is the Big Day
There's been a lot of debate over just what will distinguish Chrome OS from Android. Some Googlers feel that the former is built around keyboard-based input, while the latter is designed for touchscreen use. This definition only holds up if Google decides not to launch a Chrome tablet.
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A contrary belief is held by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who believes that Android and Chrome OS will 'converge' eventually. It's no secret that Google sees browser-based apps as the future. The cloud makes sense for ultra-mobile devices like smartphones.
Whatever the answer ends up being, we'll have a chance to make our own decisions about the 'point' of Chrome OS soon. Linus Upson, Google's engineering VP in charge of Chrome revealed that a Chrome OS netbook was coming before the end of 2010. This device is to be Google-branded in a fashion reminiscent of the Nexus One.
Back in November CEO Eric Schmidt stated that the new OS would be available "in the next few months". There have been rumors that the launch will happen sometime in this next week. December 7 seems most likely, since that is also the date of a Chrome OS event.
So unless Google's holding a press conference to announce a delay, we'll get our netbook on Tuesday. It could go up for order that day. If Google handles this exactly like the Nexus One, we might even see next-day shipping deals.
We don't have many solid rumor's on the netbooks hardware. It will be an Atom device, probably dual-core. We can expect SSD storage and I'd be surprised if this thing lacked the ability to handle 1080p video. So far only Engadget has managed to uncover any images of the actual device itself. Rather, they have a picture of the keyboard. Which looks nice but, well...it IS just a keyboard.
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Google's done a good job of keeping any specifics under wraps. Here's to hoping December 7th is worth the wait.