Ever since Google took on the internet, there have always been rumors about a possible Google PC that would be free of Microsoft software applications.
And after a long time, rumors are resurfacing in the news on the iternet. Interestingly, this time it just might happen as an investment house Bear Stearns has claimed that the search engine giant has been busy preparing a box.
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.”
The idea isn’t as strange as it might sound. Last month Google and Lexar joined forces to bundle Google applications like Picasa, Google Toolbar and Google Desktop Search applications on its line of USB flash drives.
In short, it might be the much talked about Google PC, which would perhaps come loaded with a simplified version of Linux operating system customized to offer cheap computing solutions to users worldwide.
Online reports claim that this product can make an appearance at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2006 in Las Vegas.
Other reports claim that the company has been in talks with the retailing giant Wal-Mart to market this product throughout the United States before they start thinking about expanding the availability to worldwide consumers.
Experts in the field believe that Google needs a way to get the people on the net who cannot afford to pay for expensive hardware and proprietary software products to surf the net. This customised PC would help them target this user group to get online and use Google specific services.