“As reports continue to state Google will sell a custom built phone very soon, a new rumor suggests the search company will also release its own branded netbook PC when Chrome OS debuts in late 2010,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“If true, it would mean that Google and Apple are set to compete yet again, this time in the hardware and software PC business,” Marsal reports. “The latest rumor is just more evidence of why Google CEO Eric Schmidt was forced to resign from the Apple Board of Directors in August, as the two companies face off with competing browsers, phones and, in the future, operating systems.”
Marsal reports, “According to TechCrunch, sources claim Google has talked to at least one PC maker ‘about building a netbook for Google directly.’ The talks supposedly went as far as Google making a request for proposal with ‘quite detailed technical specifications.’ Discussions about building the low-cost netbook are said to be taking place already.”
Marsal reports, “It was the announcement of Chrome OS that proved to be the final straw for Schmidt’s presence on the Apple board.”
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