Google are in talks to bring a branded PC to desks in the USA, according to latest reports.
Suggestions are that the box, which could cost less than $200, will run a proprietary Google OS, as well as the Open Office suite which Google announced a collaboration on with Sun a few months back.
The machine can be so cheap, in part, because there's no license for Windows, which costs a good $60 or so.
This from the LA Times:
"Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars.
Bear Stearns analysts speculated in a research report last month that consumers would soon see something called "Google Cubes" — a small hardware box that could allow users to move songs, videos and other digital files between their computers and TV sets.
Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Analysts suspect that Page will use the opportunity either to show off a Google computing device or announce a partnership with a big retailer to sell such a machine."
We're out at CES this week, and we're going to be at the Page keynote, so we'll be sure to keep you in the loop on what's going on. The LA Times article also has some other good ideas about Google's video and WiFi plans which are definitely worth reading.
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