Google could be looking to launch its own netbook in 2010, if rumours are to be believed.
According to TechCrunch, the search engine leader is talking to vendors about such a venture, which would be sold directly to consumers and launched around Christmas 2010.
"Google has, according to multiple sources, been talking to at least one hardware manufacturer about building a netbook for Google directly. As in Google gave the company a RFP with quite detailed technical specifications and has begun discussions on building it," claims the technology site. "They’re not in any particular hurry and seem to be aiming for the 2010 holiday season, a full year from now. Our understanding is that Google intends to have the devices built, branded with Google, and then sell them directly to consumers. The only firm tech spec we’ve heard is that they’ll be mobile enabled, and likely tied to one or more carriers with a subsidy."
Recent IDC figures which show the ongoing strength of the netbook sector highlight why such a move would be an attractive proposition for Google, which could look to leverage its position as one of the strongest brand son the planet to gain a foothold. However nothing official has yet been announced.