The Samsung Chromebook is up for sale a bit early, but you’re never going to guess where. Google is sending out email invites to select CR-48 users directing them to high-end deal site Gilt for a special pre-sale of the Samsung Series 5 ChromeOS device. The uninvited can use this link to get in on the fun, though. You need a Gilt account, but the price seems pegged at $499.
Between 1,000 different flavors of Android, iOS, QNX, Windows Phone 7, and every other operating system out there, it's not as if the mobile world is dire need of yet another OS. That's good, because if tablet and smartphone makers are waiting for Google's Chrome OS to be ported over, they better bet cozy, it could be a long wait. Speaking at the Computex trade show, a Google senior executive says the search giant is content to keep its Chrome OS on notebooks.
Google is confident that its cloud-based Chrome OS will change the computer security landscape beyond recognition. That the many layers of security built in to the operating system will be enough to render third-party anti-virus solutions useless.That you will no longer have to “spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.” But not everyone - least of all computer security companies - is convinced.
Utah-based Xi3 Corporation has announced a Chrome OS-running version of its flagship Modular Computer. The company made the announcement in a recent press release. Touting its upcoming ChromiumPC modular desktop as “the world’s first desktop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system,” the company revealed in the press release that it has been working on the machine since 2009. More details about Xi3’s latest modular computer, which measures less than 4-inches per side, after the break.
Maximum PC’s Loyd Case did an amazing job summarizing all the announcements at this year’s Google I/O conference, but if you’d prefer to relive the experience for yourself, you’re in luck. Head on over to The Google Code Channel on YouTube to find the main Keynote presentations from both days, along with all the snarky and sarcastic comments you can handle to help get you through the Angry Birds announcement.
Links to the individual videos can be found after the jump.
According to reports, Google is getting ready to announce a new "Student Package" for its Chrome notebook that will cost users $20/month. The announcement could come as early as today, and if it does, it might usher in a new era of netbook computing. The Chrome notebook, as you know, is all about computing in the cloud with very little emphasis placed on the actual hardware.
In a season of outages, when internet-based services seem to be having a tough time staying online, the last thing anyone wants to talk about is an upcoming cloud-based operating system. But that is exactly what we are about to do. MPC readers, let us ignore the bone-chilling horrors of the past week that are otherwise likely to linger with many of you for a long time, so that we can concentrate on reports of an upcoming Chrome OS netbook from Samsung called “Alex.” The existence of this netbook came to light through a Chromium bug report. Hit the jump for specs.
It's been well over a month since Google finished distributing the entire quota of 60,000 Cr-48 Chrome notebooks reserved for Chrome OS pilot program participants, and the mid-2011 launch of retail devices promised by the company doesn't seem too far off now - just as long as the river of time keeps flowing at its familiar rate. But wait, what if there is yet another delay like the one that pushed retail Chrome OS devices to mid-2011 from late 2010? Pretty unlikely, according to our friends over at Neowin.
Google previously said that Acer and Samsung will launch Chrome OS-based notebooks in the first half of 2011, but don't hold your breath waiting for this happen. Instead, it looks as though first-tier notebook makers, which also include Asus and Sony, are all pegging the second half of 2011 to begin mass shipments of Chrome OS notebooks,
We've always held that netbooks and tablets can coexist, though if netbooks are to stay relevant, PC makers may have to experiment with lower priced models. Word on the Web is that Asus is planning exactly that and will launch a new non-Windows netbook in June for around $200 to $250. At that price, it would be hard to ignore, especially with today's worthwhile tablets running $500 and up.