Chrome books – Google Says Your Browser Is Your Computer!
June 12, 2011 in Spotted Ideas
We are in the internet age. And no company probably knows that better than search giant Google. Teaming up with major digital device manufacturers Samsung and Acer, Google is finally rolling out its long awaited, internet focused laptops – the Chromebooks.
The laptops run on Chrome OS with virtually every application being web based – a radical departure from the conventional machine-based applications. All your applications are safely stored in the cloud so if your Chromebook is lost or stolen, your applications will remain intact since everything runs off the web. Once you have a new Chromebook, you will be back on track.
There are numerous of applications to choose from – everything from office suites to photo editors. Virtually every major application that would be used in an ordinary laptop or PC has a web based version or alternative available for the Chromebook user.
Chromebooks have a faster startup with booting taking up to 8 seconds. The compact build also means that websites load faster. Chromebooks are quite efficient on power and this ensures that the battery can last for several hours if there is no available source of power for a while.
Other than that, the Chrome OS that the Chromebooks also includes the standard best practices of an OS such at automatic updates and patching. The updates by default run in the background and that allows the end user to continue working with no interruption.
The Chromebook allows administrators to simultaneously push down standard configuration to multiple laptops via the web.
Unknown to many, the Chromebook has been in the works for several years now. Typical of Google, the company has taken the daring step to bank heavily on the role of the internet in future computer use.
Both the Chromebook and the Chrome OS that powers it are bound to shake the market at least in the short term. But even Google has not been immune to a number of failed initiatives – Google Buzz for instance comes to mind.
The Chromebook’s success in the long term will depend on just how comfortable end users will be with everything run off the web. Resistance to change is likely to be the Chromebook’s biggest hurdle.
For now, Google has partnered with gadget manufacturing leaders Acer and Samsung. The Acer Chromebook has an 11.6 inches display unit with a battery life that can run for 6 hours at full user before requiring a recharge. The Acer Chromebook weighs about 3 pounds and buyers can choose between 3G or Wi-Fi models.
The Samsung Chromebook is slightly bigger than the Acer but with more or less similar capabilities save for a few differences. It has a 12.1 inch display and weighs about 3 1/4 pounds. The battery can run for an impressive 8.5 hours at full use before a recharge. Both the Acer and Samsung Chromebooks hit the mass market in June 2011 via Amazon.com.
- Google Chromebooks Available for Pre-order From Amazon & Best Buy (socialtimes.com)
- Google announces Chromebooks: Chrome OS powered notebooks (venturebeat.com)
- Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer, Available on June 15th (thenextweb.com)
- Google Debuts Chromebook, the Web-Only Laptop (wired.com)
- Behold: The Chromebook (Samsung Series 5) (techcrunch.com)