Tag Archive for ‘Chrome OS’

Google Plans to Introduce Android Laptops ➝

Mark Bergen, writing for Re/code about Google folding Chrome OS into Android:

Perhaps the critical reason Google is favoring Android is its birthplace: Mobile phones. The greatest threat to the Alphabet company is that its revenue, derived largely from desktop advertising, will dwindle as smartphone usage spreads. If it’s done anything this year (save the whole Alphabet thing), Google has manically reiterated that it does, in fact, have a cohesive plan for mobile. A chief Android distinction from Chrome is that it is built for mobile behavior.

A vote for Android is, in some ways, a tacit admission that Google must devote its attention to the devices on which it lives.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast has since claimed that “Chrome OS is here to stay,” but his statement reads more like “we will continue to support Chrome OS in its current form for the foreseeable future.” That’s hardly a denial of the Wall Street Journal’s report.

‘There’s No Credit For Trying’ ➝

John Gruber commenting on David Pogue’s review of the Samsung Chromebook:

Would everyone have praised Apple for its “noble experiment” if the $500 iPad had been too big and heavy, felt like it was worth only $180, and was “a 3.3-pound paperweight” when offline? Fuck that. This is the big leagues. There is no credit for trying.

I’ve never used Chrome OS, but those last two sentences sum up my opinion of every Android tablet and handset I’ve ever spent time with. I’ve never heard anyone explain a sub-par product so well before. If anyone ever asks me why I don’t like a particular device, a simple “This is the big leagues. There is no credit for trying” will describe my opinion better than anything I’d be able to come up with on the spot.

Chrome OS Coming in ‘the Next Few Months’ ➝

Devin Coldewey reporting from the Web 2.0 conference earlier this week:

Schmidt outed Gingerbread and the Nexus S as being forthcoming within the next few weeks, which suggests we’ll have a solid date soon. […] As for Chrome OS, well, it’s not the news we wanted to hear. November was supposed to be the big debut, but that’s looking mighty unlikely, as Schmidt put the release at sometime in “the next few months.” No holiday release then, I suppose.

I’m not really sure why Google is still actively developing Chrome OS. It was a dumb idea to begin with — developing and promoting two competing mobile operating systems — but that didn’t stop them from announcing it and doesn’t seem to be stopping them from releasing it either. I just wish they’d realize that a browser-based operating system isn’t what everyone wants anymore, it’s all about native apps now.

Google May Launch a Chrome OS Tablet on November 26 ➝

Lee Mathews:

Yes, our source tells us that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. It’s real, and it’s being built by HTC. No surprise there, since HTC churned out the Nexus One for Google.

Why hasn’t Google realized that Chrome OS is splitting their market into two groups, the manufacturers and customers that choose Chrome OS and those that choose Android.

Android has a lot of momentum at this point, don’t screw it up.

HTC Prototyping Chrome OS Tablet ➝

David Richards writing for Smarthouse:

HTC, who have been working closely with Google for the past 18 months have several working models of a touch tablet including one model, is based on the new Google Chrome Operating System say sources.

If HTC is indeed working on a tablet, I would have no doubt that one of their prototypes is running Chrome OS. Given HTC’s close relationship with Google, in regards to Android, I would imagine they would have put Chrome OS on a tablet, at least just to… well, prototype it.

Previously:
11/20/09:
Google Officially Demos Chrome OS

Chrome OS Should be Built on Android ➝

CNET reports that Sergey Brin, speaking informally to reporters, said the following:

Android and Chrome will likely converge over time.

Many believe that this would going in the right direction, I’m not sure if that’s the case. The only way for Chrome OS and Android to converge is if one (or both) of them lose their vision. The point behind Chrome OS is that every app is a web app. Android is the first viable smartphone OS that is completely customizable, with an open source core and of course, apps.

If these two operating system converge you’ll get nothing more than a watered down version of both, you’ll get a poor OS cobbled together from two somewhat viable alternatives.

With the iPhone, Apple made one of the smartest moves I’ve ever seen a company do, they took their desktop operating system and broke it down to its essential parts to run on a handheld device. Google is going in a completely different direction. Not only have they decided not to reuse parts from their existing OS, they’ve decided to write a completely new OS, splitting their developers into two camps, Android and Chrome OS.

With that logic you could say that converging the two would be a wise move, but I don’t think that’s true. Rather than merge the two operating systems into one down the road, Google needs to make a decision. They can either scrap Chrome OS entirely using Android on netbooks in its place or throw out all of the bits below the browser in Chrome OS and replace them with Android. It is entirely possible that Google could do the latter (which is obviously the better choice) down the road but why not deal with all of that now. Chrome OS is still relatively early in development, I can’t imagine the nightmare of having to replace the core of an OS after it has already been established in the marketplace.

The truth is, Chrome OS should be built on Android, and the fact that it isn’t makes me question whether Google is really taking either one of these projects seriously. The real test will come in 2-3 years when we find out whether Google employees have chosen to eat their own dog food.

Previously:
11/20/09:
Google Officially Demos Chrome OS
7/8/09: Google Announces a Linux Distro and the World Goes Mad

Google Officially Demos Chrome OS ➝

Google Chrome OS

Yesterday Google officially demoed Chrome OS at their special event in Mountain View, CA. The operating system is exactly what we all expected it to be, the browser is the OS.

All of the applications are in the cloud, you can’t install (what we would consider to be) traditional applications, just web apps. Chrome OS will not support hard disk drives in favor of solid state drives. This allows them to make all sorts of performance optimizations which is how they’ve been able to keep boot time under 10 seconds.

Although Chrome OS can’t boot from hard disk drives, it will support mass storage devices. When you plug in a digital camera or a cell phone the contents will show up in a separate browser tab. Clicking on files, such as Excel files or PDF files, will open up a web app that can handle that file type, such as Microsoft Office web apps or Google Docs. Chrome OS even has a built in media player to view videos and images.

The whole concept is very interesting and I’m mostly interested in how this announcement will affect other software companies. But, the focus on low cost and low powered computers (netbooks) worries me. I happen to agree with Alex Payne on this:

I have no opinion about Chrome OS. All I know is that cheap hardware feels cheap. It’s less “cloud computing” than “disposable computing”.

And, it’s not as if you’ll be able to just install this on any computer out there. There will likely be numerous hacks to do so but, Google is working on reference designs and the OS will only officially work on approved hardware.

The operating system will launch in the second half of 2010. But, if you want to see more of the user interface there are a few videos introducing and demoing Chrome OS on the Google Chrome YouTube account, I really enjoyed the  “What is Google Chrome OS?” video.

Previously:
11/18/09:
Google Holding Chrome OS Event Thursday
7/8/09: Google Announces a Linux Distro and the World Goes Mad

Update 11/21/09: Gdgt is hosting a VMware image of Chrome OS. If you’re unsure how to use it, Engadget has published a video with the instructions.

Update 11/24/09: Chrome OS Should Be Built on Anroid

Google Holding Chrome OS Event Thursday ➝

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler is reporting that Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event this Thursday.

The event will be held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. They will be giving a complete overview of the new OS and detailing its launch plans.

MG Siegler regarding the release of Chrome OS:

Google had been planning to release at least part of Chrome OS this week. That still may be the case at this event, but it looks for now that the more complete launch will in fact take place next year. And if they are holding this event now with a “complete overview,” progress is clearly being made, so you can probably expect that launch to be early next year.

Chrome OS has been highly anticipated since its announcement in July. I personally am interested in the idea of the browser being the main focus (and maybe the only focus) of the OS. I don’t think I’ll ever use the OS for any serious computing but am interested to see how the release affects the software industry.

Previously:
7/8/09:
Google Announces a Linux Distro and the World Goes Mad

Update 11/24/09: Chrome OS Should Be Built on Anroid