Google Chrome Laptops are now expected to be on sale to retail customers in Summer 2011.
Accroding to reports “Google product manager Sundar Pichai said, Google were still fixing some bugs and improving compatibility with devices such as digital cameras on Chrome OS.” and that they expected the company to release the devices during “Summer 2011.”
According to source, Google plans to make the notebooks available for $10-$20 a month per user, and will provide hardware refreshes as they are released as part of the package, and will replace faulty hardware for the life of the subscription.
On top of this, Google will make the devices available for a one time payment as a normal retailer would, but is likely to not distribute the devices directly. Instead, the company will distribute them in a fashion similar to the way Android is distributed.
Goole had launched a pilot test program of their Chrome OS running CR-48 notebook in December 2010, and provided free CR-48 to select users for test, The “CR-48” netbook featuring a 12.1-inch display, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, 8 hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. Interestingly, there’re no hard drives, no caps lock keys and the laptop is jailbreak-friendly.