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Acer Claims It'll Have First Chrome OS Netbook

Google's lightweight, browser-based operating system, Chrome, made waves at the same time it made its first public appearance last month. Now Acer -- which has a successful line of netbooks under its belt -- is vowing to be the first PC maker to market a Chrome OS-based notebook. HardwareCentral takes a look at Acer's ambitious plan.

Acer has promised that it will be ahead of other PC manufacturers when it comes to delivering a notebook running Google's Chrome operating system, setting its sights on a launch sometime in the second half of 2010.

The company's chairman, JT Wang, told Taiwan-based online news outlet DigiTimes that he was confident Acer would be "the first vendor to launch [a] Chrome-based netbook" next year. A U.S. Acer rep confirmed his statement to InternetNews.com.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) only recently released Chrome OS, and that was in beta form. It expects to ship a final product in the fall of 2010. Chrome is built around Google's Chrome Web browser and is geared toward an entirely cloud-based experience.

Acer is not the only company interested in selling Chrome OS-powered devices. Google has acknowledged a number of partners in developing the OS, including Asus, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, and Toshiba. Only Acer has come out with a launch plan.

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