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Google-branded Chrome OS smartbook coming in November?

By Jos · 28 replies
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. We have heard rumors about Chrome OS smartbooks from Acer and HP, and even a tablet variant from HTC, but it looks like Google will be the one getting things started for the web-centric operating system. According to DigiTimes’ “sources from component players,” the Internet giant is set to launch an own-brand smartbook this month running the new Chrome OS. The ARM-based smartbook is allegedly being built by Inventec and will not be selling through retail channels.

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  2. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    If played correctly this could pan out similar to the Iphone vs Android situation. Apple will still lead in actual Ipads, but Chrome OS will lead in the OS section.

    I've had a love/hate relationship with Chrome OS. I was excited when I learned Chrome was going to be creating a linux OS. Then I was heart broken when I found out it was a gimped Linux OS and everything was running in the cloud. I'm excited again though, because this is exactly the type of platform that Chrome OS can shine in. This is what it's created for and I think it can do very well, assuming the marketing and hardware is there to back it up.
  3. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Not interested unless Google have changed the idea of Chrome OS from a 'browser OS' to 'Netbook Optimized Android Version'. My 2 cents.
  4. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +10

    Sometimes i wonder if i should despise Google for being the techzilla giant they are, but i cant seem to bring myself to do so.

    I cant wait to try the chrome OS out, I have high expectations of google products, and they havent failed me yet,
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +695

    Why not? I'm more surprised when Google doesn't have their fingers in some tech pie. In fact, I've been wondering when they're going to release their first game... ;)
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Google is probably beyond ambitious here, and trying to punch above their weight by launching a cooked up browser arrr I mean OS . Anyway, I think we live in interesting times, at least things will start to move in the right direction in the OS arena, as more innovative and competitive approaches will be applied to stay relevant and obviously ahead of the pack by all the major players.
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Funny that Asus isn't jumping on the bandwagon until they see results. I guess this could be a smart play to eliminate some financial risk, but they could also be missing out on a BIG piece of marketshare pie.

    I'm looking forward to this.
  8. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    From what I can tell from Hexxeh's vanilla builds, it is definitely going to fill a niche, one I'm very interested in :)
  9. MervynBrittan

    MervynBrittan TS Rookie

    Google is trying to beat apple lets see what happens
  10. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Well played by Asus, to be honest.

    Chrome OS seems such an ambitious idea I sometimes can't help but wonder if it will actually fail or succeed. It is understood, of course, that the OS is directed to a specific niche market; but to me it seems so tricky to pull off, I don't blame Asus for playing it safe.

    Even though I know Chrome OS is based on Linux, I just hope that Google developers don't partake in the "we are incredibly different and won't try to be the same way" mentality most Linux distros developers have towards Windows' way of being productive and easy to use out of the box.

    So whenever a Linux distro is released, and I can install it on my girlfriend's computer without her having to call me because she can't install a program, or having to install Wine. Call me.

    If Chrome OS takes a different route from Windows, but still maintains a certain amount of compatibility and interface familiarity, then let's do it.

    If not, then this will be Google's equivalent of Kin to the masses.
  11. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    It's not a full-blown OS, so it is in fact very different from Windows or mainstream Linux distros. Obviously except for the browser part...oh wait, Chrome OS is a browser, so it won't be much more of a challenge than switching from IE to FF.
    For anyone still confused about this, grab a 300MB build from here: http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/

    Or a more bleeding edge version, once it is built and the server is up, here:
  12. gLitCh32

    gLitCh32 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I really like the Chrome browser, but I just can't see using it as an OS. Maybe they've added more to it since I tried it, which was quite a while ago. Overall, I'm curious, but not too excited yet.
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    As I clearly stated, I know it's directed toward a specific niche market (the netbook, internet-focused market). And I'm not discussing its components, I'm talking about the mentality behind the Google developers, which is what reflects not what the OS is, but what it will strive to become.

    As long as they remain dissimilar to Windows, but still keep the same type of "user-friendliness", and general easy of use, it will be a success. Contrary to, if, for example, to install a printer or a router you to need to browse through forums, ask around, and finally download a .tar.bz2 file that then you need to compile, it will certainly be a failure in the mainstream. Things like that are incredibly crucial to the success of Chrome OS, mainly due to the fact that the niche market the OS is targeting, is a much much less savvy market than the desktop market, as they only need their OS to simply work, and fast.
  14. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    please! somebody put up a fight w/ ipad already
  15. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Well since google is sueing the government for not considering google products, will they sue me if I don't consider their google smartbook :p
  16. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Their OS is going to be just another distro imo.
  17. peterbezemer

    peterbezemer TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I don't see the point of chrome OS, for tablets we have android, for netbooks we have win7 / linux
  18. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I guess the term "browser o/s" will mean that the o/s is more web oriented than anything else. If that's the case I dont think there will be much to expect in the area of graphics especially for the xtreme gamers. Not so good!
  19. pacostrano

    pacostrano TS Member

    I think that OS will be a good competitor for tablets.
  20. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 378   +6

    Hmm I think this is an interesting field to expand in. Rather than tablets. I think a smart book would be interesting. Especially with cloud computing, this could work out quite well for people who want synchronized software and settings across their multiple workstations.

    Looking forward to its debut

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,154   +394

    interesting.. but it better be very, very cheap... Considering this will probably only work for internet and nothing else.
  22. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    I cant say how useful this cloud computing will be until or unless i get my hands on it. But it would be good to know Android OS coming to desktops
  23. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    Google smartbooks will be interesting. Will to have to wait to see how they are different & what features they have.
  24. dlen

    dlen TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Google netbooks might be a fresh new technology in WinXP/7 market. I am afraid that it will be popular till the first privacy break when user data will leak to public. Cloud computing is good in general but I don't want to share all my private docs, pics and family videos with google admins.
  25. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    I don't think you can ever 'create a completely secured/guaranteed secured' IT solution, it is just not possible; hence, I never bothered with any social networking or similar sites.

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