A year ago, BusinessWeek published a story called "It's Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company." And since then, Google's involvement with hardware has been transformative. Chromebooks (portable computers running Chrome OS) are one of the few bright spots in the portable computing market, Google is spreading out with its Motorola Mobility phone strategy, and the company is getting buzz around its new Chromecast dongle for streaming video content to TVs.
Adding fuel to the fire, reports are emerging that Acer will pull back from its Microsoft Windows strategy and increase its focus on Android and Chromebooks. Google's focus on open source operating systems appropriate for leading hardware devices is paying off.