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Google Cube..............$200.00 computer?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    And now, for Google's next trick ...

    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Speculation is mounting that Google will this week unveil a no-frills personal computer costing as little as $200[/FONT]

    [FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif]Dominic Timms
    Tuesday January 3, 2006

    [/FONT]They built a $123bn business around online text search then diversified into video, email and, more controversially, book publishing. Now Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have set their sights firmly on Microsoft with the expected arrival of a cut-down Google personal computer.
    Speculation is mounting that Page will use a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday to unveil details of a low-cost computer or internet-enabled device that will run on a new operating system developed by Google.
    Because the device - similar in concept to the Mac Mini unveiled last year by Apple's Steve Jobs - doesn't use Microsoft's Windows, it could cost as little as $200.
    Despite its low price it would enable users to collect and store internet-delivered content such as films, music and photos then show it on TV.
    According to the LA Times, Google will announce details of the new device at CES, where it could also unveil its partnership with Wal Mart to sell the machines.
    The report follows comments made by US analysts just before Christmas, suggesting Google would expand into hardware.
    In a briefing note, Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck said the US online giant would launch Google Cubes - simple network-based boxes that could link and control home entertainment, computer and automation systems.
    "In fact, Google could over time become more of a hardware company than anything else," Mr Peck said.
    The idea of network computing - where dumb terminals connect to a network pulling down applications where necessary - has been around since the early days of the PC, but attempts to successfully pull it off have been stymied by costs and bandwidth limitations.
    But now that broadband connections are a reality for an increasing number of homes and computer manufacturing costs have fallen, the prospects for a Google-branded device look rosier.
    While building a low-cost PC is now relatively straightforward - the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project recently secured a manufacturer for its planned $100 laptop - the question buzzing across blogs today was how Google, in the highly competitive low-margin PC building business, will make any money.
    One possible scenario is that it will use the device to deliver video and other content accompanied by search-based ads.
    But with Google shares trading at $415, valuing the company northwards of $123bn, short-term returns are likely to be low down a list of priorities should the predictions turn out to be true.
    Google declined to discuss the existence or otherwise of the new device, saying only: "We don't comment on rumour and speculation."
    Come Friday, however, we should all be the wiser. · To contact the MediaGuardian newsdesk email editor@mediaguardian.co.uk or phone 020 7239 9857
     
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    I don't see this pet project going anywhere. Anyone who has family/friends who like computers can probably scrounge up the parts to build this kind of low-end POS PC for near-free... I certainly wouldn't spend $200. On the other hand, if it has a "fun" name.. and is "cute"... they might be able to reel in the iPod/Mac not-so-smart-but-has-$ types.

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    i'd buy one just to try their operating system I love everything google does, lol if they came out with a new OS I'd definately try it out
     
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    As if they don't do enough spam now, you can buy a box of it.
     

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