Rumor: Google Polishing Chrome Netbook

Could Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) really be changing from a software superstar into a hybrid code/hardware company in 2010?

Maybe so, according to the latest round of rumors from TechCrunch and others about a Google netbook.

A fresh take on the Google Phone isn't enough for the search giant, the talk goes: Now the company is plotting a netbook around its new Chrome operating system late in 2010. Supposedly, the company has already sent a request for proposal (RFP) out to AsusTek Computer Inc. , Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL), and others.

Google has already said it's working with unnamed vendors to develop a specific set of features for Chrome computers. For instance, Chrome netbooks won't have hard drives, but will always use Flash memory so they boot up quickly.

It's already been suggested the Google phone is actually another unlocked phone for developers. Google has sold unlocked versions of High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Android phones before. The rumored Chrome netbook could also be something for developers and vendors to work with, particularly as Chrome will be a new operating system in the PC world in 2010.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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