Google Chrome OS Netbook

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.

Build script not working

Behind the curtainSince yesterday the package pybootchartgui is included in Chrome OS. Unfortunately, the download URL of that package which is accessed during the building process of the local repository (make_local_repo.sh) is wrong. Instead of http://build.chromium.org/buildbot/packages/pool/universe/p/pybootchartgui/pybootchartgui_0+r124_all.deb it has to be http://build.chromium.org/buildbot/packages/pool/main/p/pybootchartgui/pybootchartgui_0+r124_all.deb. To successfully create the local repository you have to change src/package_repo/repo_list_image.txt on line 371 accordingly.

Google branded Chrome OS netbook

Google Chrome LogoAfter details about Google offering a Google branded phone called Nexus One word is that they also come up with¬† their own Chrome OS netbook in 2010. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources report that the company already has issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) to a hardware manufacturer specifying details about the system. The document, however, hasn’t got public till now. It seems probable (also regarding costs) that the upcoming Google netbook will be 3G enabled and running on an NVIDIA Tegra platform using an ARM processor and a GeForce GPU which would make it very powerful and energy efficient at the same time.

Acer Chrome OS netbook

Acer LogoAcer plans to be the first hardware vendor to release a Chrome OS based netbook in 2010. Their goal is to sell at least one million devices this year. Till now, no technical specs have been released. Check back here for updates.

Specifications

CPU: ?
Chipset: ?
RAM: ? GB
Storage size: ? GB
Storage type: ?
Display size: ? inch
Display resolution: ? x ?
Touchscreen: ?
WLAN: ?
LAN: ?
Mobile: ?
USB ports: ?
Webcam: ?
Release date: 2010

Prices and availability

Not yet released.

Similar netbooks

None.

Acer first to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2010

Acer LogoIn an interview with Digitimes Acer chairman and CEO J.T. Wang announced that Acer will be the first hardware vendor to offer a netbook with Chrome OS preinstalled. According to several industry sources the release date will be in the second half of 2010. This is the second time acer uses a Google OS. They already have their Aspire D250 with Windows XP and Google Android dual-boot capabilities on the market.

Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts

GeekIn Chrome OS, there are some little known (not to say secret) keyboard shortcuts available for getting a linux terminal, developer tools, switching between windows, an on-screen keyboard etc. This article gives a summary of them. Continue reading “Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts”

Download: Chrome OS image file

Every month Google Chrome LogoI create a fresh build of Chrome OS which can be run from USB drives on almost any machine. Contrary to the very first release from November recent releases support various wireless network controllers. You can download it either from one of my servers or via the BitTorrent network. Once a new version is released, all previous versions are removed, so please don’t link them directly but link to this page. Continue reading “Download: Chrome OS image file”

Chrome OS for Dell Mini 10v

Dell LogoDoug Anson from Dell made a special Chrome OS build for the Dell Mini 10v netbook. He finally got the wireless card working, although you have to wait for five to ten minutes until it actually detects wireless networks. You can find the image as an *.img file here. Note: all usernames/passwords are set to “dell”. A tutorial on how to get a bootable image file onto a USB stick is available here.

Tutorial: How to boot Chrome OS from a USB drive

Chrome OS USBGoogle released the Chrome OS source and now everybody can create his own build. But how do you get your build¬† image file on a botable USB stick? This tutorial describes the process step by step for machines running on Windows or Linux. Continue reading “Tutorial: How to boot Chrome OS from a USB drive”