May 18

Acer LogoThis is a press release I just received from Acer. Unfortunately they won’t be launching a Chrome OS netbook at the Computex. But read it yourself:

Despite recent rumours in the press regarding the launch of Chrome OS based netbooks at Computex, Acer today confirms that it has no short-term plans for such a product. Acer believes that Google Chrome OS is without doubt an exciting product announcement and deserves full attention as well as an in-depth study of its potential from a consumer’s perspective. Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google’s overall product strategy very closely.

What do you think about that? Please leave comments (no registration required).

Apr 29

Chrome OS USBAfter four months there’s finally a new release to download. The build routine has become a lot faster and easier to use. It can be executed on 64-bit systems only, however, so I had to install a fresh Ubuntu 9.10 first in order to create it. There are some obvious changes and a lot of changes under the hood, so it definitely makes sense to try out this one. You can configure your network connection before trying to login with a Google account now, which was a long-awaited feature in the community. You can also sign up for a new Google account from the login screen now.

I’m offering to versions for download now: one for use on USB drives and one for use with VMWare Player. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to make it run in VirtualBox, but I haven’t tried it on many systems, so it may be worth a try to use the VMWare version in VirtualBox. Please leave comments on your progress (no registration required).

Oh, yeah, and here is the link to the download page

Mar 09

Chrome OS business versionAt the RSA conference, Will Drewry (software security engineer at Google) announced a business version of Chrome OS. The release date is supposed to be some time in 2011. Besides the mere (prospective) existence, there aren’t any details known about it. So check back later, I’ll keep you informed.

Feb 02

Google Chrome OS tabletAfter a couple of weeks full of rumors, first pictures and a video of a possible Chrome OS tablet appeared on the Chromium project website. Although the Chromium project is NOT Google, the fact that it was made by Glen Murphy, a lead UI designer for Chrome OS at Google, can be seen as an announcement for a device like that. The video shows a demonstration of the user interface. Continue reading »

Jan 29

MSI logoThe MSI dual-screen netbook announced at the CES will most likely be shipped with Windows 7 or Chrome OS depending on customer preference. This was confirmed by the company in an interview with LaptopMag. The device features a standard 10-inch TFT screen and a touchscreen that gives haptic feedback instead of a keyboard. There is, however, no information about other technical specifications as well as a price range.

Jan 29

Matthew PapakiposLast year in November, Jon Stokes and Ryan Paul had engineering director Matthew Papakipos and Google PR Eitan Bencuya in an interview about Chrome OS. The interview was released in January 2010 and reveals detail information about Google’s new operating system. Continue reading »

Jan 29

Acer LogoAccording to Jim Wong, president of Acer’s IT products division, the company plans to sell at least one million netbooks in 2010 that have Chrome OS preinstalled. He assumes Chrome OS netbooks will make up 10 percent of the company’s overall netbook sales this year.

Jan 26

Google Chrome LogoOnly one and a half year after the first release of Chrome, the fourth version of Google’s browser has been released. The latest version now features bookmark synchronisation between installations on different computers via the user’s Google account. There is also the possibility of installing extensions. Today, there are already 1,800 available for download.

Additionally, Google introduced several new APIs to make the browser talk to other applications. The Web-Storage-API makes it possible to save your work offline without the need to use Google Gears. The Web-SQL-Database-API lets provides access to local SQL databases and the Notofication API gives developers the opportunity to use the operating system’s notification area.

As in every update, also JavaScript speed was increased. Today, users have to request the update manually. However, all users will be automatically notified of the update in the next days.

Dec 29

Chrome OS USBHappy New Year to all of you! In order to celebrate the year 2010 contemporary I compiled a new Chrome OS release from the repository today. It works fine for USB drives. Unfortunately, on some machines, I’m experiencing problems running it in VirtualBox after conversion. Please try it yourself. The download size could be decreased to 175 MB. You can find the download link here: Chrome OS image file download.

Dec 29

Google Chrome LogoPlease note that the information below has not been approved by Google. The specifications have been spread by market insiders through various channels. But honestly, I can’t really believe it. Especially the SSD is really huge for a cloud netbook. So please be careful spreading these rumors. This page is constantly being updated until Google officially announces the specs.

However, this may provide you with a rough idea of what you might expect from the soon to be released Google Chrome OS Netbook. If you’re keen to find out whether you will be able to play touchscreen games, or if you’ll want to stick to using a mouse when visiting sites, then this may give some clue as to what will be included in the final product. Please remember, however, that these are rumours, as they have not have not get been confirmed by Google.

Check back to find out when the official specifications for this model have been released. There is certainly much anticipation surrounding the unveiling of this model, and Chrome OS-Blog.com will be sure to keep you informed. Take a look below to see the rumoured specifications.

Specifications

CPU: ARM
Chipset: NVIDIA Tegra 2.0
RAM: 2 GB
Storage size: 64 GB
Storage type: SSD (Solid State Disk)
Display size: 10.1 inch
Display resolution: 1280 x 720
Touchscreen: multi-touch
WLAN: Yes
LAN: Yes
Mobile: 3G
USB ports: 1+
Webcam: Yes
Release date: 2010

Prices and availability

Not yet released. Price assumed to be less than $300.

Similar netbooks

None.

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