According to the google keyword tool there are approximately 33,100 searches per month for the term “Google Netbook.” Although there is no clear indication that Google will release it’s own Google netbook computer the company has spoken with netbook manufacturers about producing netbooks with the Chrome OS operating system. This begs the question though, with the current demand for Google netbooks will Google consider producing a netbook like it has cell phones?
Although it is unclear whether those searching for “google netbook” are simply looking for a netbook with google chrome OS pre-installed or a netbook produced by Google, there is clearly a demand for Google products in the netbook marketplace. Google did announce earlier this year that they do plan on releasing Chrome OS in the 4th quarter.
As the leading manufacturer of netbooks, Acer also receives 33,100 monthly searches for the term “Acer netbook.” If the leader in the market is receiving the same searches, the demand cannot be ignored. Only the future will tell if Google will one day produce its own netbooks.
Both Asus and Acer have produced numerous netbook models to keep potential costumers feeling as though they are getting the latest and greatest netbook. This marketing tactic has awarded both companies as they are currently the top netbook dealers worldwide. Despite this fact they have decided to put a hold on new netbook releases until the middle of August.
The decision to freeze new netbook releases is likely due to the fact the Intel is releasing the Atom N550 dual core processor for netbooks in the third quarter of this year. Asus and Acer need to liquidate excess inventory to make room for future netbooks with the N550 processor.
The faster N550 processor will increase performance but also the cost of the netbooks that carry them. The cost increase will be minimal so current Asus and Acer netbooks with slower processors will be harder to sell. Because of this it doesn’t make much sense for the companies to produce many new netbooks with the slower processors prior to the A550 processor release.
Packard Bell, the company owned by Acer, has just announced the launch of a new netbook, the 10 inch Dot S4. With the exception of its design, this seems to be just another standard netbook. The Dot S4 runs on the Atom N450 processor, includes 1 GB of RAM, 160GB of hard drive, a choice of 3 or 6 cell battery, and Windows 7. Other additions include Wi-Fi and a chiclet keyboard. It is not yet known how much the Dot S4 will cost or in which countries it will be available.
July 1st will be the day that the Acer Aspire One D260 netbook becomes available to the masses. This netbook is unique in that it can dual boot with Android OS and Windows 7. While the Android aspect is not part of the standard option, it is nonetheless available to buyers interested in a netbook with a 15 second boot time. Gone will be the days of having to wait several minutes before checking one’s e-mail.
With the exception of the dual boot option, the netbook has all of the standard specifications. It comes with a 10 inch WSVGA display, a 1024 x 600 resolution, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, and runs on Intel’s 1.66Ghz Atom N455 processor. You can also choose between a 160GB or 250GB hard drive and between 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Other complementary features include WiFi, a webcam, and 8 hours of run time provided by the netbook’s 6-cell battery. With the battery, that weight comes to 2.75 pounds. Acer has not yet revealed how much this netbook will cost, and whether or not the masses will flock to this netbook will depend on this last feature.
At Computex, Acer showed off their first netbook run on Google Chrome OS. Most analysts agree that while Acer may be the first company showcasing such a netbook, other companies will soon follow suite due to the strength and flexibility of Google Chrome OS and also because Acer is not the only company to have struck a partnership with Google. Which company will be next?
In a far away land, also known as Cannes, France, some new Acer netbooks were recently unveiled for the public. Acer already is packing heat with the release of Apsire One 532g, powered by the Ion 2, but is bringing another two HD netbooks into the fray. The two new devices are the Acer Aspire One 521 and Gateway LT22. Both of them share some nifty upgrades, such as 1.2GHz AMD V105 processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics. The graphics capabilities of these netbooks is going to be critical for their success on the market, as they can handle some light to medium gaming without noticeable difficulty. The battery life of both is still not entirely known however.
One particularly distinguishing feature of these netbooks is that they HDMI ports. This clever little feature will give these netbooks a home in any multi-media home entertainment system.
Via engadget, image via engadget.
Google has brought us a variety of wonders and many of their innovations synergize perfectly together to create an altogether smooth experience. One thing people are anticipating greatly is the release of Google’s Chrome OS. The Chrome OS will be intended only for netbooks, as it is a simple browser-based operating system that doesn’t demand much processing power. Companies such as Acer are working with Google to release netbooks with the OS as soon as possible, and it is rumored that they could be releasing one as soon as June. This rumor however was denied by Acer.
Google has a lot on their plate, as Android’s success is gaining momentum. Google will need to keep its focused balanced in order for both Chrome and Android to do their best. The key for Chrome will be the apps that it will have available for the users, thus Google is focusing on having an app store up and running.
It also must be noted that Computex is just around the bend and unfortunately one thing spectators should not expect to see is the Chrome OS. It is likely then that consumers will just have to wait until the fall to see the Chrome OS.
Computer manufacturer Acer has recently released a new addition to its existing Timeline series of netbooks. The new Acer netbook is unique in that it’s a convertible, i.e. it can be used as both a tablet and a netbook.
Named the Acer Aspire 1825PT, this netbook features an 11.6″ high definition LED display with 1366×768 resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, and has 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. It’ll also feature a multi-touch trackpad, a multimedia card reader, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI/VGA out ports, the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS, and a webcam.
The 1825PT’s 6-cell lithium ion battery is rumored to last for roughly eight hours and the netbook itself will be available in three distinct colors: Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red. The price point for this convertible powerhouse is currently set at $889 US.
A few days ago, there was a rumor that Acer would be releasing a Chrome OS-based netbook at the upcoming Computex 2010 showcase. Unfortunately, this rumor turns out to be just that — a rumor. Recently, Acer has officially said that it will not be releasing such a device at Computex 2010.
Furthermore, Acer has announced that they will not be releasing any Chrome OS-based devices. Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear any other juicy rumors.
In a couple weeks — two to be exact — Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer is rumored to be launching netbooks (and possibly other tech devices) that run on the Google Chrome OS. The official display will take place at the Computex Taipei Show that will be held from June 1 to June 5.
It’s still uncertain what other devices the Google Chrome OS will be featured in, but Google has mentioned that smartbooks and tablets running ARM processors would be likely vehicles. There has recently been rumors that Samsung is developing ARM-based smartbooks running Chrome.
Using an OS other than Google Android for netbooks is a good idea. The Android OS is better suited for tablets and cell phones. Google originally planned to release the Chrome operating system during the second half of 2010. The rumored Acer Chrome OS-based netbook is expected to launch in June, so that’s just perfect.
Acer is supposed to show off its new device at Computex Taipei, a yearly computer and electronics show that opens on June 1. Chrome OS was designed for netbooks, smartbooks, and tablets. Acer has said previously that it would have a Chrome OS netbook ready by the middle of 2010. There currently is no word about what the device is going to be.
Other netbook manufacturers have expressed interest in working with Chrome OS, including Dell, though it said that it was still evaluating Chrome OS.
What is unclear right now is the relationship between Chrome OS and Android. Android is intended for mobile devices, like smartphones, but some companies have expressed interest in using it on tablets as well. Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that the two will eventually merge.
Via CNET, image via Google.
According to Google Chief Eric Schmidt, netbooks running on Google’s new Chromium operating system that are expected to be on sale in retail stores by the end of this year or early next year will be priced in the $300-$400 range. “Those prices are completely determined by the costs of the glass, the costs of the processor and things like that, but in our case Chrome OS and Android are free so there is no software tax associated with all of this,” Schmidt says.
Google introduced the Chrome operating system two months ago and boasted it as a lightweight, browser-based OS that could boot up in seven seconds or less. The company has not yet revealed who they will be partnering with to manufacture their new netbooks, but Acer has said that it expects to offer about a million of these devices this year.
Google’s trying hard to get into the netbook market and is up for a fight against its competitors, namely Windows-based devices. Guess we’ll just have to wait to see Google’s latest creation.
According to new research, Apple has seen huge growth over the year, selling 1.4 million Macs and having 8 percent of the market share. For the first three months of 2010, Apple was the fifth-largest computer vendor (HP, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba were ahead of it).
HP and Dell grew 7.1 and 7.2 percent over the span of a year, respectively, which is below the industry standard. HP has 25 percent of the market, Dell has 23.4 percent, Acer has 15.6 percent, and Toshiba has 8.6 percent.
Analysts have said that all the hype concerning the iPad helped Apple’s sales for the quarter.
Apple was not the company to have the most growth—its share grew 34 percent, but both Acer and Toshiba grew 50 percent year over year.
All the reported standings are within the US but the worldwide ones are not that much different, with the exception of Apple, which does not make the top worldwide vendor list.
Via ZDNet, image via Gartner.
Netbooks offer great utility, but with their small, portable builds that utility comes at the cost of capability. However, Nvidia has a plan to supercharge netbooks to a new level. Their new Nvidia Ion graphics processor is said to give 10 times the graphics performance of average netbooks, while still allowing a 10 hour battery life to be maintained.
Nvidia claims that the processor will allow for streaming of HD videos, and even smooth playing of graphically intense games such as World of Warcraft. Drew Henry, Nvidia’s general manager of GeForce and Ion GPUs, boldly proclaimed that “If you want a netbook with the horsepower to play HD video and PC games, your only choice is Ion.”
The processor will make its first debut in the Acer Aspire One 532G netbook, and then will begin to appear in desktops, motherboards, and add-in cards.
This could be a revolutionary change for netbooks. Their low-cost and portability are part of their allure, but if coupled with such a powerful processor they could easily meet or exceed the performance of other notebooks or desktops, giving the product even more of a competitive edge.
People might have thought Acer, the new rebellious teen on the block and netbook powerhouse, would have come out full throttle into this tsunami of tablet products. Instead, however, they plan to go against the tide, refusing to take part in the tablet war. Acer’s champion of choice will instead be the ultra-thin laptop, a form factor that has never truly realized its full potential.
Acer Taiwan’s President Scott Lin simply retorted to Digitimes that, while there would be no difficulty in developing such a tablet, it simply has no place in the Acer business model. He estimated that 20-30% of their business this year would come from ultra-thin laptops, a surprisingly large statistic for what has remained a niche market for so long. This is indeed a peculiar and unique announcement, given the current climate where the public’s attention is fawning over tablets.
He also mentioned models thinner than 2 cm (0.7 inches) coming out this year. Most likely, some of those fabled Chrome OS netbooks will be tossed into this mix. Whether or not they will be ready to compete with the tablets will be seen in due time.
Acer, already the second largest computer maker in the world, has ambitious plans for the future. According to Bloomberg, Acer is tossing its hat into the already over-saturated yet underdeveloped market of eReaders, facing off with the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and others. No specifics have been announced other than it will have a 6-inch, monochrome (assume E-Ink) screen and ship in Europe.
More surprisingly, Acer is announcing an online apps store. Jim Wong, president of the Acer IT product division, has stated it would contain hundreds of applications, “otherwise you can’t call it an app store.” It will likely be a cross-platform marketplace for Android, Windows Mobile, and ChromeOS.
However, Acer’s most stunning announcement is the fact it has announced plans to rush forward with a ChromeOS netbook to provide a “a change to the Microsoft-Intel environment,” according to Wong. The mention of Intel hints that this new product line might be ARM powered as an alternative to the standard Atom on-board most mainstream netbooks. Acer plans to release the netbook sometime around Q3 2010, on schedule with Google’s release date for ChromeOS.
Via Bloomberg, image via Wikipedia.
As CES 2010 draws closer, netbook makers have been dropping hints about their upcoming netbooks in order to whet consumers’ appetites for new technology. Acer is the latest in the line of manufacturers to do so, today announcing the Acer Aspire One AO532h featuring an Intel Atom N450 CPU, 10.1″ screen, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The boost to the battery is due in part to the efficiency of the Intel Pinetrail chipset and the LED screen, but also to Acer’s new high density 6-cell battery.
The Aspire One AO532h has a multitouch-capable trackpad and 93% keyboard – a tad larger than average. You can get this thing for only $299 with the standard 6-cell, or with the high-density 6-cell for an additional fee.
We just got wind of some new information about Acer’s first Intel Atom N450 netbook, the Aspire One 532h. This 10.1″ computing machine has 1280×720 resolution, is powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor and Intel GMA3150 chipset (an upgraded version of the current Intel GMA950), and comes with 1 GB of RAM and either a 160 GB or 250 GB hard drive.
Other specs include Wi-Fi, a memory card reader, optional Bluetooh, three USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub connector, a webcam, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. There’s an option for either a 3-cell or 6-cell battery as well.
The base price for the Aspire One 532h netbook is €299 (or ~$441 USD), slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Aspire One 531h, but as there’s nothing exceptional about Acer’s newest Intel Atom N450 netbook, if you have a netbook already, you need not worry too much about upgrading.
The Acer Ferrari One netbook is finally available for purchase. Some specs of this fully-loaded 11.6″ netbook include:
- 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor
- AMD M780G chipset
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics chipset
- High-definition widescreen display
- 250 GB hard drive
- Built-in optical drive
- Optional WLAN
- Windows 7 Home Premium
The netbook’s weight falls roughly around 3.31 pounds and its height is about one inch. To learn more, check out one of our previous articles.
You can get your very own Acer Ferrari One netbook with a 6-cell battery for a higher-than-average $599.99.