Is Google creating its own brand of netbooks? This wouldn’t be incredibly surprising, considering that netbook fever is running rampant in the technology world, but it’s still news that Google has decided to join in on the fun.
Michael Arrington, TechCrunch CEO, claims that more than one reliable source has revealed Google to be currently working with manufacturers to create a list of netbook specifications. The exact details of what Google’s netbook will contain are still a mystery, but it is speculated that the netbook will veer from the traditional and incorporate the new Nvidia Tegra graphics chip along with an ARM Processor.
The most exciting revelation is that Google will be selling their netbook and smartphone creations directly to consumers. That’s right – there might be a Google store popping up in your neighborhood in the near future.
The legal battle has officially begun over the Joo Joo, formerly known as the CrunchPad. TechCrunch owner Michael Arrington announced on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against former business partner Chandra Rathakrishnan, CEO of Fusion Garage. The suit alleges many wrongdoings on Fusion Garage’s part, including a number of charges that include the theft of money and property owned by TechCrunch. Rathakrishnan is not backing down, claiming that Arrignton’s allegations are false, and that her company owes absolutely nothing to TechCrunch.
The Joo Joo tablet notebook is priced at $500 and will be available for purchase at midnight tonight on the company’s website. If you want in, I’d suggest acting quickly, in case the lawyers get ahold of this thing before you can.
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The CrunchPad prototype has been a running project over at TechCrunch since April, but since that time we’ve seen fairly sparse news about the thing. It’s small, sexy, and apparently usable, and the whole thing’s made all the more interesting because it’s designed by a blog, not some computers giant.
It hardly needs to be said that once the Straits Times proclaimed the CrunchPad to be the “world’s first tablet PC” with an exclusive demo by alleged developer Fusion Garage, industry eyes were drawn. Here’s an exerpt from their article:
“The fully working model, called a Crunchpad, has a 12-inch screen and weighs 1.2kg. It allows users to watch YouTube videos, listen to music and edit documents, among other things. Its operating system, or OS, was also developed in-house. The device will not have storage space – which some analysts have pegged as a big drawback – and will instead run programs hosted on servers: so-called cloud computing.”
Naturally, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has confirmed nothing in the article thus far. He was also apparently pretty F-ing pissed about the whole thing as well:
“re crunchpad, obviously i’m completely ripshit mad about all this unauthorized bs press: //bit.ly/2dVjBQ wtf.”
The machine should pack an Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and some sort of mobile broadband – it’s a netbook sans keyboard and hard drive.
Rumors price the device at $400, though Michael Arrington hoped to make it cheaper. Stay tuned as this story develops.
With the growing demand for mobile technology, Crunchpad has plans to enter the market with a device that allows for cheap and convenient Internet surfing, yet does not sacrifice screen size.
The product that CrunchPad is ultimately developing will fall between a smartphone and a netbook. Michael Arrington is rumored to make an announcement by the end of July. We’ll have more updates as they’re released, so make sure to stay tuned.