An unnamed Google executive told Forbes that Google will launch a subscription-based Chrome laptop.
Packing Google's Chrome operating system, these low-cost devices will be aimed at students, the exec said. A $20 monthly fee will reportedly include "online services," writes Forbes.
Google unveiled the Chrome OS Cr-48 test program late last year, and a student-centric Chrome notebook would be the first big launch for the unproven Chrome OS platform.
A Chrome notebook for business could follow. "Small and medium-sized businesses are banging on our doors to get something like this," the Google exec told Forbes.
This isn't the first we've heard of subscription-based laptops. Neowin reported in April that Google planned to launch laptops for $10 to $20 a month in summer 2011. Similarly, Google's Sundar Pichai tweeted in March that "partner devices" would be out mid-year.
We'll know soon enough if Google will be launching a revised Chrome OS laptop at I/O.