Google’s launching an event next week (December 7), and although they haven’t stated what’s in store, a few sites have laid out what they expect, with the help of inside sources. Google’s own branded Chrome OS netbook and application store will both be announced.
Leaked shot of Google’s Chrome OS keyboard and trackpad. I approve.
The netbook – A source over at Engadget has leaked out pictures of the keyboard of the supposed Google netbook which looks similar to Acer’s finetip keyboards but gets gets rid of a lot of the baggage that comes with Windows keyboards – caps, function keys, menu and the Windows key with the first being replaced by a search key. Said source states that while it’ll be announced next week it won’t go on sale until December 14. Different sources say the OS is currently in Beta and is not very consumer friendly right now and as for Google’s netbook itself, it isn’t going mass market with only 65,000 units going out to Google’s closest “friends and family”. Of course, once the OS is final other larger players will start making their own Chrome OS powered netbooks next year sometime.
The app store – Just the other day Google added added support for the upcoming Web Store, as it’s called, with the release of Chrome 8. TechCrunch has confirmed that the company has started emailing developers of Chrome browser extensions about the upcoming Web Store launch “later this year”. All Things D confirms the same thing.