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HTC Set To Launch Chromebook?

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is apparently considering plans to launch what could be qualified as Internet-access devices.

According to Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai (opens in new tab) of Digitimes, these products, that sit between netbooks and tablets could carry both Chrome OS and Android OS.

Chromebooks have not been performing as well as expected, partly because their price is comparable to that of traditional Windows laptops but also because they rely on the cloud for storage.

The cumulative sales figures for both the Samsung Series 5 and the Acer AC700 Chromebook is said to be around 30,000.

Moving from Intel to ARM could dramatically cut down the price of Chromebooks with manufacturers using economies of scale, by reusing the same components and cutting down on development costs.

A $199 ARM-based Chromebook would be likely, Digitimes suggests, to hit the sweet spot for customers.

We know already that Chrome OS and Android will sooner or later merge. Given that both Microsoft and Apple appear to have plans to merge their desktop and mobile platforms in the longer term, it doesn't make sense for Google to maintain two separate platforms.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.