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Google Chrome OS Tablet by HTC on Verizon

August 18th, 2010 No comments

Google Chrome OS Tablet by HTC on Verizon

Following the tablet footsteps laid by Apple, Google has built a Chrome OS tablet with help from HTC, and the device will launch on Verizon Wireless’ network come November 26th, 2010 — a date known otherwise as “Black Friday” in 2010.

The tablet is speculated to sport a 1280×720 display, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB solid-state drive, and WiFI/Bluetooth/3G wireless connectivity. Not bad. No word on front face or back camera yet though.

As for now, we would advise you to take the above information in with a grain of salt, at least until some more information on this so-called tablet is made available.

What are your thoughts? You want one?

Leaked Photos of Google Chrome OS

August 4th, 2009 1 comment

These appear to be the leaked photos of the upcoming Google Chrome OS during a demo of the alpha version. A Google representative supposedly demonstrated the private beta build of the OS on an Acer laptop. The photos below were taken during the reps distraction.

Highlights of the demonstration break down as follows:

  • The install on Acer Extensa 4620Z laptop took about 10 minutes and 1 minute to restart. Better than Windows XP or Vista installs
  • Reboots in about 25 seconds.
  • Fast performance in its stripped down beta form. We suspect performance will still increase as they tweak the OS
  • The blue orb functions essentially as the Start menu.
  • Navigating the file system can be done in “exploration” (like Windows explorer) or “browser” (search based) modes
  • The Chrome Bar can also host a search ba.
  • Future Chrome OS netbooks will feature an iconified Chrome key on the keyboard similar to the Windows flag key

Via Engadget

Screenshot: Google Chrome OS To Be Released 2010

August 2nd, 2009 2 comments
Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS Screenshot

There is a lot of news lately with Google. What is the Google brand? Is it a Search engine? Advertising network? Free online services? A browser? Has Google now become an Operating System?

Google announced their Chrome OS to be released in 2010. Initially, it will be installed on light-weight portable NetBooks. Google Chrome OS is followed after the Chrome Browser.

Google’s primary business is search and advertising. To do so they have to get a lot of eyeballs. That is why they created the Chrome Browser. What is the point of having another browser? Well, first, the look and feel is very stripped down. Secondly and most importantly, it has true multi-threading for each tab. If a webpage you visit crashes due to a plugin, it doesn’t crash the entire browser and all your other tabs since each tab is running its own process. This is important as cloud computing becomes more and more popular. It is no different than if you are running an application on Windows XP or Mac OSX and it crashes. It should not crash your other programs as well. Once HTML 5 becomes a full standard, web applications will have just as much power as client programs and thus require stability.

The threat Google faces is competition from other companies like Microsoft. If Microsoft has another monopoly over NetBooks, they could theoretically ship a lite version of Windows with only a limited set of programs without Google. Google is playing chess and foresees this years ahead and is positioning itself to be THE online platform which it has been dominating with Gmail, Google Docs, Search, and AdSense. If a company can control the operating system or browser platform, it can be culturally significant for the future.

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EDITORIAL – Google’s expanding (evil?) empire

July 8th, 2009 4 comments

g-evil(Thanks to Parallel Divergence for the image!)

Google’s been on quite the update frenzy of late.  First they remove the beta label from a slew of their cloud apps, then they go and announce that they’re going where few have dared to tread and attempt to release a complete OS.  All within the course of two days!

Let me preface all my commentary by saying that I am a Googler.  They own my a**.  I live in Gmail.  My life is managed completely through GCal.  I have two sites I manage that are drivien by GApps.  I am moving more and more of my files into GDocs.  I now get 99% of my daily news and information via GReader.  I have a Google Voice number.  Most of my web surfing outside of work is done on Chrome.  I am so Googled, I may have their logo tattooed on my back.  Suffice it to say that I use their products to the point where they are indistinguishable parts of my life.  So I would be a natural for their OS right?

Well, not exactly.  What disturbs me about all this is that Google seems to be heading right where Microsoft was a few years ago.  At what point does Google become a defacto monopoly?  They already own something like 2/3 of all the world’s search.  I know their growth is slowing and they are looking for more ways to embed themselves into the fabric of our lives (especially our corporate lives).  And I totally agree with the arguments that Google’s various apps (mail especially) have been out of beta for the past year or longer, and that they only kept the beta tag so that the techies could claim to be using an “advanced” product.  Now that that tag is starting to hurt them in the enterprise sales market, they removed it from a bunch of apps that are at various stages of development.  Gmail is one thing but Google Voice?  C’mon – they only just started taking new requests for numbers.  If they followed the same approach with the GrandCentral acquisition that they did with all their other acquisitions, then they basically re-architected the whole thing to fit Google.  You can’t tell me they did that in a year to the point where it can be considered reliable from an enterprise perspective.

And that’s the key issue – there is no announced standard by which Google is declaring a technology as being out of beta.  Does the fact that Gmail is no longer in beta mean that my uptime guarantee is higher?  Or am I still at the “reasonable effort” level of service?  Many companies just won’t hand over critical infrastructure to Google (or any other outsourcer) for less than 99.999% uptime guarantees, and many cloud-based services just aren’t there.  And email, while vital, isn’t yet on the same level as phone service.  Can you imagine trying to dial a number and not being able to?  We can’t because (short of natural disaster or emergency), when we pick up a phone, we get a tone.  It’s so ingrained in us that we just assume it to be the truth.  Google’s not there yet.

At least with their OS ambitions, they are starting small.  A lightweight, web-centric OS is perfect for netbooks.  Even with XP, a netbook will get sloggy – so a super version of Chrome could do wonders for speed and performance of these primary cloud-focused products.  But what’s going to kill the G-OS (and most other web-centric OS’s) is that people don’t like being limited.  When they go to a web site, no matter what the platform, they want it to work.  When they get an application, they want to be able to use it.  Most users don’t want to think “is X compatible with Y”, which apparently is such a foreign concept to product designers and techies that to this day it continues to boggle them when people complain that stuff won’t work together.  The only company that’s really gotten the closest to “getting” this is Apple, and, with the release of the iPhone 3GS, we’ll see how long that singlemindedness lasts.  It’s very possible we’ll start seeing apps that focus exclusively on the 3GS because of its faster performance and enhanced graphics capability.  At that point, fragmentation can’t be too far behind.

So am I looking forward to the G-OS?  Yes, but I have my doubts as to its reception and success in the market.  And with each expansion of Google’s scope, I become more convinced that they will become our defacto overlords.  At least I’ll have identified myself to them as a loyal minion.

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