Leveraging the Chrome OS, Google looks to provide the best possible experience for consumers, and perhaps they believe from a hardware perspective, they are the ones to design the optimal solution.
Tech Cruch says, “They’re not in any particular hurry and seem to be aiming for the 2010 holiday season, a full year from now. Our understanding is that Google intends to have the devices built, branded with Google, and then sell them directly to consumers. The only firm tech spec we’ve heard is that they’ll be mobile enabled, and likely tied to one or more carriers with a subsidy.”
I wonder if Google would consider Seagate’s new Momentus Thin as a part of that configuration. Then again, Google is all about the cloud, so how much storage are they really willing to give users at the system level?
Ultimately, consumers will decide whether a Google branded netbook optimized for Chrome OS, or an entry-level ultra-thin notebook with Windows 7 and 250GB of storage is what they want.
Or maybe, just maybe, Google will give consumers 250GBs of storage inside their netbook. Only time will tell.
Holiday season 2010 should be very interesting.