The concern regarding the future of the Android operating system versus Chrome has finally received some clarity from Google's Eric Schmidt.
Google's Chrome OS is an interesting pet project that has been hobbled by an awkward combination of wimpy hardware and an unclear value proposition. Those issues look set to end today with the launch of a $249 Samsung Chromebook.
It's not really a secret that that Google's lightweight-everything-stored-in-the-cloud Chrome OS was a major dud. Google had the right idea. It's the users who weren't ready to embrace the cloud. Google's giving Chrome OS another shot with a new updated interface and some fresh new hardware from its buddy Samsung.
The master plan for Chrome OS was to move everybody into the cloud — away from file systems and desktops — and towards the Web browser as the operating system. Having failed to build much momentum, Google's giving the OS a more traditional desktop experience — one that takes cues from Windows and OS X.
Now that people are comfortable with renting their music and movies online, how about renting a laptop? That's precisely what a new Google rumor points to. For just $20 a month, Google will lease students a Chrome OS-powered laptop.
Asus, a company that literally rose to the top on booming netbook sales knows that the mobile computing space it literally defined with the Eee PC is shrinking. A new DigiTimes report says that the Taiwanese computer company is prepping a super cheap netbook running either Android or Chrome OS to combat the rise of tablets.
Today, Google announced the beta launch of its Chrome operating system, along with a new notebook to run it on. If you spend most of your time on the Internet, Chrome OS has a lot going for it, but you may want to wait for a piece of hardware that's not quite so incredibly ugly.
Consumers always say they want more choices to pick from. The mobile operating system scene is already saturated enough to the point where its begging to drop a few platforms. We have countless flavors of Linux, Android, iOS, HP's WebOS and Windows — can we sustain another one? If a new report from Digitimes is true, then we could have another mobile operating system to add to our plethora of options sooner than we thought: Chrome OS.
Have you been waiting for Google to launch a full-on attack on Apple's iPad? Well, the wait sounds like it's almost over, as apparently Google is launching their own tablet on Verizon on Black Friday, November 26th.
Is there a Google-branded netbook on the way? Google's been talking about working with a variety of manufacturers to be sure its Chrome OS runs well, but now multiple sources are saying Google will hire an unnamed netbook maker to...