Please see updates at the bottom of the post.
According to our good friends at Engadget, Google is finally going to let loose some details on what is around the bend for Chrome OS, and at the same time will release a Google branded Chrome OS netbook.
If you just reached for your credit card, hang on, this netbook is most likely a limited release of a mere 65,000 units, many of which will go to Googlers and their selected friends. The judgement day is supposedly set for December 7th, in the midst of AllThingsD’s event ‘Dive Into Mobile.’
It could be that Google is going to use that forum as its launch pad for the netbook and most recent (but still beta and buggy) Chrome OS build.
We have been fans of the Chrome OS idea ever since Google first brought it to light, and this next step has us giddy. Of course this implies that devices that will eventually ship to consumers are going to come long after the holiday season. Google does not seem content to let rumors and speculation continue that the mobile platform has been shunted to the side by Android tablets.
When they come out, will you buy a Chrome OS tablet? Yes, that image is ‘shopped.
Update: According to MediaMemo, Google is also going to be giving everyone a peek of what is in stock for the upcoming Chrome App Store on the 7th.
Second Update: TechCrunch has an email from Google themselves concerning the forthcoming app store. It is a must read, we have pasted it below:
Thank you for developing for Google Chrome. These last few months, our team has been hard at work, preparing for the Chrome Web Store launch later this year. Extensions and themes for Google Chrome will be part of this new store. With this email we wanted to inform you of some upcoming developments and changes in the extensions gallery and how you can best prepare the items you have listed in the gallery for the upcoming launch.
We have updated our guidelines for extension and theme creative assets: We recommend you to produce all the creative materials described in our docs. These are currently available only to apps developers but the same guidelines will apply to all items listed in the store once we launch. So, if you get these prepared now, you are going to be ready when the store launches. For those of you with complex extensions, we also highly recommend investing some time in preparing videos and slideshows, describing how your extensions work.
Double-check our branding policies: If you are using Google trademarks and brand names to describe your items, please take a moment to re-read our branding policies to help you avoid common mistakes.
Verify your listed items using Google’s Webmaster Tools: This new feature allows you to associate your website with the items you have posted in the store. This will make users more comfortable trying them out. Access this feature at the developer dashboard.
Set up your Google Checkout merchant account and associate it with your developer account: If you arelocated in the US and want to sell apps and eventually extensions or themes through the store, you’ll need to register for a Google Checkout merchant account. You can find more information on this new help article.
Make your extensions more discoverable: We will be launching a robust system of extensions categories in the gallery. You now have the option to classify your extension in up to three of these categories through the developer dashboard. This will help your extension be discovered by users who will be browsing the pages for each category.
Thank you again for making Google Chrome a better browser.
The Google Chrome Extensions team