Google Chrome OS Real Screenshots and Video

OS has finally been unveiled by Google at a press event today along with an announcement of open sourcing Chromium OS code. If you been curious about Chrome OS, here are some real screenshots, and a video which explains what Google Chrome OS is all about.

What is Chrome OS?

This is a video which explains what Chrome OS is and the idea and reasons behind creating it.

Chrome OS Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Chrome OS in action, courtesy The Next Web and Engadget.

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Google Open Sources Chrome/Chromium OS Code

Google OS which has been through a lot of speculations is finally seeing the light of the day with Google open sourcing the Chrome OS or Chromium OS code.

Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS. We are doing this early, a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users, because we are eager to engage with partners, the open source community and developers. As with the Google Chrome browser, development will be done in the open from this point on. This means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contributions. The Chromium OS project includes our current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development. This is the initial sketch and we will color it in over the course of the next year.

This is not the actual OS that Chrome will be releasing. Chrome OS is slated for launch on netbooks sometime next year, however with open sourcing the code, Google is hoping for more developers and partners to dive into the code and make it better.

Considering that the code is now open source you might as well see some Chrome OS flavors coming out in near future. This is again a big problem considering the number of flavors of Linux available today. Many may call that choices, but it clearly an indication that the community wants to build and promote their own versions rather than having a unified goal.

Chrome OS is basically built around a web browser just like . According to a video by Google, which you can view below, Chrome OS is all about living in the cloud using a web browser. The video also rants about how long it takes for a traditional OS to load, and according to some reports Chrome OS boots in as low as 7 seconds, which is good considering that takes anywhere between 12-15 seconds.

However, it is too early to start comparing Chrome OS with and other OS leave aside Windows 7. Only time will tell how good Chrome OS is and whether its launch will help Google dominate a user’s desktop, at-least on Netbooks.

What is your take on Chrome or Chromium OS? Do let us know through your comments.

Read It Later Extension for Google Chrome

Read it later is a very useful service which allows you to temporarily bookmark URLs which you want to read later. This service can come in pretty handy when you want to read some content but don’t have the time at present.

With the help of Read it later, you can temporarily bookmark the URL and read it at your own leisure later on. RIL provides users with several options to view their temp bookmarks and read them, including a , an iPhone app and bookmarklets for other browsers.

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If you are using , you can now add URLs directly to the Read it later service with the help of a . Once you have installed the add-on, you will be prompted to enter your RIL username and password. 

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Once you have setup your credentials, the extension is dead simple to use, just click on the checkmark in the omnibar and the URL will automatically be added to your Read it later account. You can then visit your account at your own leisure to read the content.

Techie Buzz Verdict

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Several useful are being released everyday. This extension is definitely one of them. RIL has proved itself as a pretty useful service and a easy integration into Chrome is definitely what we needed.

Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Please note: This extension is not officially released by RIL.

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Matt Monkey Tries to Emulate Greasemonkey in Google Chrome

already supports user scripts. However, installing scripts is not that pleasant in Chrome and there is no guarantee that all the scripts will work.

Matt Monkey is a , which wants to become the Greasemonkey add-on for Chrome, by trying to make it easier for you to add scripts. However, I found it to be much more complicated than using this simple copy to user scripts folder.

Once you install the extension, you have to go to the extensions page, either by typing chrome://extensions/ in the location bar, or selecting extensions from the wrench menu.

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In the extensions page, find the extension and click on the options button to add a Greasemonkey script to Google Chrome. Clicking on the options button will launch a interface to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome.

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The interface provides users with several input areas to fill in information about the Greasemonkey script, sadly you have to manually copy each of these fields from the user scripts into the input area.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Matt Monkey is definitely promising when it comes to adding Greasemonkey scripts to Google Chrome, however, it makes it much more complicated than the regular method. We spotted a few problems in the extension, if these are tackled it might be a very useful tool for Chrome users.

Problem Number 1: You need to visit the extensions page every time you want to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome. The developer could easily provide the same option through the toolstrip.

Problem Number 2: It would be good if the developer could just provide a single input area to copy the script and then copy it over to User Scripts folder (which may not be possible). However, the developer could also parse the data and auto-generate all the fields. Greasemonkey scripts follow a standard for the fields the developer is prompting us to input manually, it would not be hard for him to parse the data.

Problem Number 3: Most of the information provided is not in English, which makes it really hard to understand what the options are.

Hopefully these problems will be sorted out by the developer, and we will have a good enough greasemonkey user scripts manager for Chrome.

Rating: 0.5/5 (Poor)

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Google Chrome Has 30 Million Users, Developers Get Multimillion-Dollar Stock Bonus

, the lightweight browser from Google has more than 30 million users. This fact was stated in a recent post on the Official Google Blog. To celebrate the innovation, the development team of Google Chrome was awarded the Founders award, which consists of a multimillion-dollar stock bonus for the entire team.

A good example is Google Chrome, which in only a year, has more than 30 million active users. Larry and Sergey recently gave the Chrome team a Founders Award, a multimillion-dollar stock bonus shared by the Googlers who worked across functions and regions to create and launch that product.

Considering that Google Chrome just completed one year, reaching 30 million users is definitely a great achievement. I have been a early adopter of Chrome, and downloaded it the day it launched. Slowly but surely my loyalties shifted from Firefox to Chrome.

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Google Chrome has several features which make it a cut above the rest, at least for me. It boasts of Auto-correct for spelling mistakes, which is an awesome feature, and can come in pretty handy while writing emails or creating documents online.

A recent report on the browser market share suggests that Google Chrome has gained a decent market share, and now serves 3.58% users. This number may quickly jump up, once are ported to the stable version. From my experience of talking to users, there are many who are eager to make the jump to Chrome once extensions are widely available.

What about you? Do you use Google Chrome? Do you think it is really better than other browsers? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us.

Get Rid of Explore Feature in Google Reader

Google recently added a new feature to called Explore, which suggests new feeds to users based on their reading habits.

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Many users apparently did not like this new feature, and there is no way to opt-out of the Explore feature as of now. If you are one of the disgruntled users, who do not want to have this thrown on your face, you can get rid of Explore in Google Reader by using a script for .

This works on too, however you need to add a new start switch to Chrome. You can find the instructions on how to install Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. You will need to edit the script, once you have saved it in the User scripts folder for Chrome.

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Just change the .tld to whichever Top level domain you use to access Google Reader in Chrome, in my example I changed .tld to .com. You might have to do the same in Firefox too. Thanks Shiva

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Google Tasks Extension for Google Chrome

is a really handy service that was originally a part of , which can now be accessed individually. We have already told you about a desktop tool to access Google Tasks, however, if you are a user, we came across a which will allows you access your Google Tasks quickly and easily.

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Once you install the extension, you will see a tasks bar at the right hand corner of the screen, whenever you load a webpage (you will only see if when you open a webpage).

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Clicking on the Tasks bar will display your Google Tasks to you, you can complete old tasks, add new ones or delete completed tasks using this extension.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[3] If you are a Google Chrome user and want a task manager, that you can access in your Gmail account, as well as integrate with Google Calendar, this extension is a recommended download. Using this extension will make task management that much easier.

The fact that you can edit, delete and add new tasks without having to use Gmail or the standalone Google Tasks website, allows you to use it like just another desktop task management software.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Download Portable Google Chrome

are very useful when it comes to moving your settings and preferences between several computers, without having to setup software over and over again. You can just dump the portable software on a flash drive and access it from any computer.

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PortableApps is a portable software suite, consisting of applications that provide you with tools for your daily computing life, including a web browser, open source office suite and a multi-protocol instant messenger among other things.

PortableApps have now released a portable version of , which you can download and use from anywhere. Once you download the installer, run it and extract the files directly to your USB drive. Once you have done that, you can easily use Google Chrome from any PC.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Google Chrome is pretty lightweight and allows you for faster browsing, having a portable application will ensure that you do not lose your settings, cookies and preferences when you frequently access multiple computers.

With the help of the portable version, you can easily have access to all your history and saved sessions. Very useful and a definite must download.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Very Good)

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Find And Download Google Chrome Extensions

We have covered Google Chrome extensions in quite detail here, here and here. We have told you how to install and uninstall extensions and also told you about some great extensions. But what if you wanted to see what extensions are available on the web?

ChromeExtensions is a great resource to do exactly that. It indexes tons of Google Chrome extensions sorted into categories that you can browse through. Similar to the Mozilla Add-ons website, ChromeExtensions offers quick installation of these extensions to your Chrome developer version.

Each listing includes a list of older versions of the extension and user reviews. You can find extensions for everything ranging from Tabs and bookmarks to social media and translation utilities.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

With so many Chrome extensions coming out, an index of all the extensions was a much needed resource. The ability to browse through different categories and write reviews adds even more value for visitors. As the number of extensions grow, this will serve as a one stop resource for everything related to Chrome extensions.

Bollywood Themes for Google Chrome

Are you a fan of Indian cinema or Bollywood? If yes, has some nice Bollywood themes, that you can install and decorate your browser with.

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The current bollywood themes for Google chrome are based on five Hindi movies, Dil Bole Hadippa, Dil to Pagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Pyaar Impossible and New York. To install the bollywood themes on Chrome, visit the Hindi theme gallery. Thanks Pramodh.