Within a week of release of a dedicated laptop, Cr-48 Notebook, to feature a news operating system from Google, experts have started to predict its life. A former Google employee predicted it to be dead by as soon as next year. The Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, in his Twitter post said, "Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android)". Buchheit had left Google for Facebook and then founded FriendFeed.
The testers of this new device have pointed out the lack of application to browse local files. But, Google’s philosophy behind the OS is that – everything is located in Google server and there is no local files at all. We have seen that in iPhone – we can’t browse the files in iOS devices.
In the current standard of computer operating system, Chrome OS can be considered creepy -
- First time log-in, the OS tries to snap the user’s photo
- You can’t browse the files in your pen drive
- You have to log-in with Google account at start-up – does that qualify for being anti-competitive?
- Once logged-in, you are logged in everything in Google from Search, Gmail to Google Docs
- It is most unlikely – but, what happens if Google goes bankrupt? How will one log-in?
- Will businesses want to store their data in Google server?
Thank god, there is an off-line mode. If not, internet outage would be more severe than power outage (you can at least use battery, for power outage).
Techcrunch notes that, the key architect of the Chrome OS project, Matthew Papakipos, left Google over the Summer — for a job at Facebook.
- No CAPS LOCK key
- No F-keys – replaces function keys with media-keys
- 12-inch screen, 3.8-pounds
- 8-hours battery life
- 3G and Wi-Fi
- Solid black
- Intel Atom processor
- flash memory drive
Chrome OS laptop comes with a free Verizon data plan of 100 MB per month for the first two years. It’s good to see no long-term contracts pay as you go data purchase.
The worst part of the whole equation is that, one needs to log in with the Google account during start-up. The user is virtually locked-up in Google and there is nothing out of it.
Google has announced an event to be held in San Francisco for December 7th, with a promise of "exciting news about Chrome."
It is expected that a netbook running Google’s Chrome OS might be unveiled on the December 7 event. Egadadget reports that the Atom-powered laptop will not be the final product and will not be marketed. It is also told that, only be around 65,000 units will be produced and distributed among Google’s closest "friends and family".
Crome OS is is told to be still in beta stage and is not ready for public release yet. It is expected that Google will unveil an App store for the cloud-based OS soon. It is worthwhile to note that Google has updated its browser, Chrome 8, yesterday.
Google celebrated Pacman’s 30th anniversary yesterday with an interactive PacMan Google logo. The birthday cake is all chowed-up – the the birthday party is all done but the cool, interactive, and fully functional PacMan logo is still featured in Google.com. That left me wondering if the PacMan logo signify more than a simple birthday party!
Google is in the verge of releasing an Operating System, a web based OS. The programs in the Chrome OS are supposed to work like the PacMan logo. The games and programs are supposed to run in remote servers and we, consumers, won’t need a hard disk to install software.
When the announcement of a Web Apps store like the Apple Apps store and PacMan birthday mystically coincided, and the ‘birthday logo’ was featured in an extended period, I believe Google wants us to believe this is how Google’s OS works.
Google is trying to redefine how we use computers. They told that the desktop is soon going to be obsolete and, now it is becoming clear how they are going to change the computing platform.
Later this year, Google is planning to open a Web application store for easier set up programs based on the Chrome browser. It is an important step towards the release of Chrome OS, Google announced last year.
The online store was previewed during a Google conference for software programmers. The Chrome OS is being developed for light-weight laptops (netbooks) that don’t have any hard drives. Every programs run on it will be remotely hosted and run. Chrome OS powered computers will be cheap and are expected to arrive in store in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Google’s Web apps store is also expected to provide applications for tablet computers to compete with Apple’s iPad. Like the Apple store, the Google store will also feature paid as well as free apps to download for the computers using Chrome OS
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