How can it be that the vast majority of my fellow bloviators are ignoring what Google is saying here …
Let me put this more clearly.
Netbooks edged down the $350 range last year (Linux), but have now moved up-market to about $500 (XP for free).
Google wants them to be … cheaper. Cheaper to buy, cheaper to own.
I think they’re aiming for under $150 without a battery and without a wireless contract, and free with a Kindle-like Sprint/4G network plan.
I think the long delay from announcement is all about regs for the Sprint/4G plan and I wouldn’t rule out Google buying Sprint to enable that for the US market.
The Google Netbook will be very cheap, it will be Google certified if not Google branded, and it will be cheap but reasonably reliable.
It will be extremely disruptive.
Oh … and “enjoyable to use”? He means vastly fewer hassles.
Really, it’s not that complicated.
Sure is disruptive though.
I do like Google.