Today they tipped their hand a little more and gave us all a peek at what we might expect and who they will be teaming with.
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This might be great news for consumers looking for a good low cost alternative to using Windows, Linux or even Google's Android (which will reportedly be showing up on several devices before years end). Right now its a wait and see situation as we just don't know that much about the OS.
Acer and ASUS are the no. 1 and no. 2 netbook manufacturers worldwide so the partnership there is really no surprise. HP and Lenovo are also large netbook manufacturers so again no really surprise. The one name missing from the list that is a bit pf a shocker is Dell however this by no means excludes them. Freescale, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are chip companies that Google is likely working with to ensure a good user experience. We know they are looking to get as much widespread chip support they can!
Since they won't officially be releasing the source code until later this year we won't likely see exact details of what the new OS will bring to the table until early next year. It will likely take developers a few good months to get the development ball rolling.
Google's announcement however comes at a great time to build tons of anticipation. With only the official release left the buzz surrounding Windows 7 is already dying a bit. Netbooks continue to gain ground on the PC market and will likely gain more ground with the back to school crowd hitting stores over the next month or two.
If just the announcement of a new OS makes this big a mark then wait until we get some actual screenshots and a few hands on reviews!