Google To Sell PCs Through WalMart?

This seems to be mostly speculation so far, but it could rock the PC industry.

Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. 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.

Wow. Google is going for Microsoft's jugular with this one. This industry battle should be fun to watch.

  • JRM

    You know that would be interesting to see. I am leery that even Google would have enough branding power to get the average user (which it what is needed to make it work) to really jump to anything that is not Microsoft based.

    It is hard enough to really persuade users that 9 times out of 10 a good text editor (*.txt) is more than good enough to write documents from.

    Maybe I am wrong.

  • Interesting. But I think that if google starts selling ‘PCs’, they would not sell regular ones – with a hardrive.

    Instead, I bet they would sell laptops with a free Google account to access Gmail, Personnalized search, Froogle, adsense, Adwords, Google Lab AND Sun Office solution…. That computer would be Wi-Fi based, and work extremely well with low bandwith (mobile phones).

  • Jennifer

    If it only costs a couple hundred, I’d buy one just to have it.