Digitimes is reporting that Acer has announced that they intend to launch the first netbook to he shipped running Google’s Chrome OS, slating the release for the second half of next year.
The announcement is not terribly surprising on one level as Acer was also the first to produce a netbook running Android. However, the dual booting Windows 7/Android combo failed to gain much attention in the marketplace and was pretty well torn up by reviewers, who viewed it as a dull as dishwater standard netbook with Android along for the ride for no apparent reason. All in all, what was expected to be such an innovation was pretty “meh” so it is a little surprising that Acer would agree to be Google’s guinea pig again. Perhaps Google is offering some hands on attention to the design, similar to what they give their flagship phones for each version of Android? Either way, as the top worldwide maker of netbooks Acer probably figures they can take the risk.
Acer is saying currently that their Chrome OS netbook will not be a dual boot machine, but I am quite sure that will change considering the fact that thus far popular wisdom doubts that Chrome OS will be practical as a primary OS for most users. I have been experimenting with an early version over the last few days and thus far I must agree with popular wisdom…but these are early days yet and a lot can change in a year.
As for the merits of a Cloud based Operating System, I will be posting complete looks at the two main contenders, Chrome OS and Jolicloud next week after working and playing with both for a little while.