Google Chrome OS is something Google is betting on to succeed when it comes out. They even want people to get a Chrome OS laptop for free so that they can test it and help them improve it further.
So what is so good about Google Chrome OS? Cloud computing and living in the web. To drive this point across Google created a video which shows how quickly you can get back your data and other things even if your laptop has a disaster.
Check out the video below to see how Google is driving the Chrome OS in the cloud point to users.
Chrome OS is now official; Google is definitely making a play for a share of the laptop market. It announced Chrome OS and the Chrome Web Store at its event yesterday. It also showcased the first laptop powered by Chrome OS – the Cr-48.
Google Cr-48 Specifications
12.1 inch display
Full size keyboard
Oversized clickable touchpad
802.11n dual-band WiFi
8+ hours of active use
8+ days of standby
Webcam for video chat
100 MB free data usage / month (Verizon US only)
Plans starting at $9.99/month (US only)
At 12.2 inches, it is a bit bigger than I expected it to be. 10.1 inches would be the perfect size for it, primarily being a netbook OS.
No other details are out yet; you cannot even buy it yet. Google is offering free laptops to those who qualify for the pilot program though, here’s more information about that.
Chrome Web Store is now live and available to all users. You can download and install apps in Google Chrome right now. Chrome Web Store is the backbone of Chrome OS, the new operating system from Google which will run on netbooks.
Chrome Web Store provides users with Apps, themes and Extensions among other things. You can also download collections of different apps, themes and extensions based on a certain theme.
Google today announced the Chrome OS netbook which is based on Chromium and provides users with a quick and easy way to access their data and apps with blazing speed.
If you haven’t watched the netbook in action, you should definitely watch the videos which will be uploaded. Google has been giving away Chrome OS netbooks to a lot of people on Facebook, YouTube among other places. They are even giving away free netbooks to all the journalists in attendance today at the Chrome OS event.
Jealous? Want one for yourself? Then head over to http://www.google.com/chromeos/ and apply to get into the Chrome OS pilot program. Please note that applying for the Pilot does not automatically qualify you, it is basically dependent on Google to choose the right people for their pilot.
According to the latest report by Digitimes, Toshiba is planning to launch 3 new tablets in 2011. What’s even more exciting, is the fact that each of the tablets will be running a different OS. Toshiba plans to launch one with the Android OS, possible Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.0 Honeycomb, one with the Google Chrome OS which is slated to launch today, and one with Windows 7.
This move should probably cover the entire potential tablet market, except for iPad fans.
Two of the tablets will have 10.1 inch displays while the third will sport a 11.6 inch panel. If I had to bet my money on it, I would say that the 11.6 inch tablet will probably be the one running Windows 7.
Toshiba will be showcasing the three tablets at CES 2011, which Techie-Buzz will be covering live.
Google will be unveiling two new things at today’s Chrome OS event. First of is Chrome OS, which is the netbook OS which makes heavy use of cloud technology and second up is Chrome Web Store, which is basically an app store for Google Chrome and Chrome OS.
Google OS has been able to get their hands on some screenshots from unlisted videos posted on the Google Chrome YouTube channel, the one above is a image of Sports Illustrated magazine in Chrome Web Store.
If you are excited to see what Google will be unveiling you can definitely do that by visiting the official YouTube channel for Google Chrome at http://www.youtube.com/googlechrome. The event will be live at 10:30 AM PST, check your local timings to tune in and watch the Chrome OS event live online.
Linus Upson, who is the Vice President for engineering-in-charge of Google Chrome OS and has made ad exorbitant claim saying,
Chrome OS machines could immediately replace 60% of the Windows desktops in the corporate market.
That is quite a big claim for an OS that has not even landed. Google is taking a huge chance with that claim because the cost of trashing the old Windows system and installing the new system should balance out in favor of the benefits from using the Chrome OS against Windows. Only then, will his statement be justified. Given the current scenario where the OS is still behind the Google castle, let us hope this claim is true and does not end like Google Wave.
With that statement, Google is also taking a hit at Microsoft’s corporate business. Linus has also claimed that moving to Google Chrome OS will result in immediate cost savings over Windows, as Google will roll out all maintenance and updates online. This has created sheer pressure on Chrome OS to deliver.
However, we have seen a number of good projects that are worth more attention than they get and there are some crappy ones that people are stuck with even though they hate it (IE6 anyone?). Whether Google Chrome OS will succeed or not, depends on how well and how fast the corporate world can accept it. Check out some Google Chrome OS wallpapers here.
If you are curious, here’s the latest peek at the Chrome OS wallpaper and screensaver.
(Wallpaper: click to enlarge)
(Screensaver: click to see animation)
Naturally, these images could change any time before the actual release.
Some people believe that the delays in Chrome OS are due to Android being used in more and more devices. Some say that there isn’t a big demand for a cloud OS that depends entirely on web apps. For a good example of a cloud OS, see Jolicloud.
It’s already November, but there’s still time for plenty of surprise launches before Christmas shopping hits us hard. I was surprised to learn that there may be a few smartbooks running Google’s Chrome OS coming soon. While netbooks were a big hit last year, smartbooks have been tried before and were not popular. Maybe their time is coming. Will we find out this month?
In case you didn’t know, a smartbook is barely big enough to support a full qwerty keyboard, and typically runs on ARM processors. The battery on one of these mini computers can last you all day.
Global brand vendors are expected to launch their new generation smartbooks featuring the Google Chrome operating system (OS) later this month (November), while Google also plans to launch its own-brand Chrome notebook with a similar strategy as its Nexus One smartphone, according to sources from component players.
The article mentions that Google is planning a November launch for a Chrome OS notebook, in addition to the rumored Chrome OS tablet. That sounds like a lot to deal with, and I wouldn’t be surprised if neither one of them make it to the market this year.