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Acer: No Chrome OS device from us at Computex

Despite previous reports, Acer says it will not demonstrate or launch a Netbook or tablet running Google's operating system next month.

Acer says there will be no Chrome OS device in the "short term." Stephen Shankland/CNET

It's going to be a bit longer until we see a major PC maker using Google's operating system.

Last week VentureBeat reported that Acer would show a device running Chrome OS at Computex, the big Taipei, Taiwan, IT show, and cited multiple sources. It seemed on track with the company chairman's predictions from late last year. But then on Monday, Acer refuted the story.

Acer released a statement that it "has no short-term plans for such a product." It added that "Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google's overall product strategy very closely."

The tone of the statement sounds like the company is trying pretty hard to distance itself from the earlier report. Which, if VentureBeat's sources were wrong, makes sense. But Acer saying only that it's "following the development and progress of" Chrome OS and Google in general seems a bit disingenuous. Acer is one of the companies that signed on to help Google develop the OS for mobile devices, so it's more than just following the development. And just six months ago, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang was bragging that his company would be first to market with a Chrome OS device. The explanation could be that Acer no longer plans to be the first out of the gate with a Chrome device.

In any case, Google has said repeatedly that Chrome OS won't be ready for consumer devices until late 2010.