Was Google’s rumored $200 PC completely fiction?

Rumor had it that Google would reveal their plans to sell an inexpensive PC in Wal-Mart stores. According to The Register, Wal-Mart labeled the suggestion “a rumor without any truth to it at all.”

According to several sources, including C|Net, Google’s statement was “We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well, and we see no need to enter that market; we would rather partner with great companies.”

Many people seem to have drawn a conclusion from these two statements: Google is not planning to sell a PC. To me, the truth seems quite the contrary. My prediction is that Google will go through Dell and/or HP to sell its inexpensive PCs. “We would rather partner with great companies.” Am I putting too much emphasis on that phrase? Maybe, but only time will tell.

UPDATE: Check out this Google/Dell personalized homepage. Is this the default homepage on new Dell PCs?

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