Acer to release Chrome OS devices early June

Computer manufacturer Acer may be releasing devices with Google’s Chrome OS next month, many months before their original launch date.

Multiple sources have said that Acer devices with Chrome OS will launch at the Computex Taipei show between June 1 and June 5, according to VentureBeat.

This is much sooner than many anticipated, with original rumours suggesting the Chrome OS wouldn’t see its debut on devices until much later this year.

The open source Chrome operating system was first unveiled in November of last year with a planned release date on netbooks in late 2010.

The OS takes its name from Google’s web browser because it is effectively just a browser made into an operating system, boasting bootup times of under seven seconds, compared to other operating systems which often take several minutes to fully boot up. It also does not store your data on the PC itself, relying instead on storing everything online, such as in Google Docs.

Acer is hoping to become the leading producer of Chrome OS devices, with an expectation to ship at least one million devices this year alone. Acer has been tight-lipped about pricing, but Google CEO Eric Schmidt said he expects Chrome OS netbooks to cost between $300 and $400, which is about average for this kind of device.

It seems that it will only be a matter of time before Chrome OS netbooks start to flood the market.