Lunch @ Piero’s: VIA Nano, Netbooks and the Cloud OS

VIA netbooks at the bar

VIA netbooks at the bar

James and I just took a load off and hit Lunch @ Piero’s. It’s an event across the street from the LVCC and offers fantastic Italian food. More importantly, it offers us to spend some quiet, quality time with a handful of companies. VIA is the major player here and we had a great 15-minute conversation with Richard Brown. We’ll share some of that in our daily wrap-up video, but of course you all want to know about VIA Nano netbooks. They do exist and we saw several in the mug-shot lineup above. The trend here is slightly larger than the traditional 10.2-inch sizes, if you can call a one-year old product “traditional.” Watch for VIA Nano devices in the 11-, 12-, and 13-inch range, more in the $500 price tier. Product availability is first or second quarter of this year.

gOS also gave us a few minutes to show off the Cloud operating system. It’s light and small, booting in around 15-seconds. While getting connected and on the web is important, the gOS folks stressed that they’re focusing on usability and the experience. I mentioned Splashtop and HyperSpace to them and they feel that they compete well in terms of their UI.

 
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