If DigiTimes is to be believed, this will be the month that netbooks powered by Google‘s Chrome OS will begin shipping worldwide, to be followed by a second round next month.
Per DigiTimes, Google’s manufacturing partner Inventec will prepare an initial run of 60,000 to 70,000 Google-branded Chrome netbooks, which “will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels”; thereafter, Acer and Hewlett-Packard will “test the water” with their own Chrome OS-powered offerings, presumably geared towards a mass audience.
As BGR points out, DigiTimes has “an extremely mixed record” with its reports — this one is attributed only to “sources” — but when DigiTimes is right, it’s often on the cutting edge; make of that fact pattern what you will.
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