Chrome OS coming this summer, named Chromebook

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    of course, it always comes with a classy youtube video, this is google after all
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVqe8ieqz10[/youtube]​
    Google's releasing their Chrome OS-clad netbooks, called "Chromebooks", this summer, and they're bringing a few new features to the platform. The new Chromebooks will have a better file browser, a new media player, and offline access for Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.
    Here's how some of the new features will work:

    The New File Manager
    The new File manager will open files in the correct webapp when you double-click on them. When a webapp is "installed" through the Chrome Web Store, it registers file types that it handles so your Chromebook knows how to open them.

    File Handlers Bridge the Gap Between Local and the Web
    Certain file types have other contextual options. If you plug in an SD card full of photos, for example, it'll show up in your file manager, and you can do things like play a slideshow or send them straight to your Picasa web albums. It will work similarly for sending documents to Google Docs, or even with third-party applications like Box.net.

    The Local Media Player

    The new media player can skip tracks, pause, and create playlists. The video player opens videos in a panel that hovers over your Chrome window, so you can watch and work at the same time. You can, of course, full screen it if you're just watching.

    Offline Webapps

    Lastly, Google will soon be adding Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs to the plethora of webapps on the Web Store that work offline (in the wake of Google Gears' death).

    The new Chromebooks will be available in June, while offline access for Gmail, Calendar, and Docs will roll out "this summer". Oh, and they'll also be "jailbreakable" out of the box for tinkerers.[/p]
    [​IMG] Source (Lifehacker)

    Update:
    Google's currently in the process of detailing Chrome OS' latest improvements and there are a couple of big 'uns: Netflix and Hulu support will be available right out of the box for the pair of new Chromebooks -- one from Samsung and one from Acer. An improved file manager has also been added to the upcoming version of Chrome OS, plus offline versions of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs -- all will be made available for Chromebook users this summer.

    Far more monumental, Google's also just announced the cost of these Chromebooks and there's no upfront payment to speak of. Instead, Chrome OS laptops will be distributed on the basis of a recurring monthly subscription, which will cost $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools. That includes regular software and hardware upgrades. Hardware as a service, folks![/p]

    the 2 chromebooks announced
    Source (Engadget)

    Update 2: more clarification on the subscriptions
     


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    Chrome and Chromium OS are downloadable as it is.

    As for the laptop - massive fail.

    A laptop with no hard drive in it is a really *stupid* idea - whoever thought "y'know what all those laptops have that we should get rid of? HARD DRIVES!" should be punished.
     
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    so no playing locally installed games? no steam?! [​IMG] please tell me there's a 'normal laptop' mode....

    @Foxi4, on the plus side, at least they should be quite cheap.
     
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    Okay... It looks like Google is getting WAY ahead of itself. People aren't accustomed to the internet yet; It makes sense to some, but not to most others.

    I still wonder just how cheap it'll be. Sounds really interesting.
     
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    it's not about removing the harddrive, or any other component really, it's about focusing solely on the INTERNET and only that, it's basically a small, casual netbook that you can carry around with some sort of wireless data (wifi, 3g, maybe 4g)

    they basically replace the netbook with a much more compelling option, honestly, do you think you're going to be playing any non-browser based games from a netbook?

    there are tons of online services that can sufficiently replace the old, standard methods of storage, image viewing, music, video, etc.

    also, these chromebooks will operate a hell of a lot better than any netbook ever did, and it boots in around 5 seconds, you can just pull it out of your small bag, check something up, and put it back within 30 seconds

    Edit: this is not made to replace laptops, it's just something small that you can carry around with you everywhere when you need more than just your smart phone
     
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    well google is gonna help us with that and won't throw a bitchfit like Sony but that seems to be the only good part of these laptops
     
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    At first I was for this, now I am like :\ I don't like not having a hard drive, nor do I want all my stuff saved to the internet.
    Also I love having a desktop!
     
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    I'd rather have a hard drive too.
     
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    I was hoping to install the OS on an average laptop instead of ubuntu, but now i know it can't run any local programs (not just games, things like photoshop too) i might not bother.
     
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    A Laptop with only the internet?
    Who would want this? Honestly.
     
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    The whole point of carrying netbooks around is having a laptop that's tiny, light and doesn't consume alot of battery life.

    Having a Chromebook automatically means that you'll have to either carry another netbook/laptop computer to work with your files or have an external storage device attached to it at all times.

    This isn't an acceptable shortage, this isn't a "feature", this is just a "flaw".

    Moreover, I've seen Netbooks powerful enough to pull off Lineage 2 or World of Warcraft, I can't see why using "large" applications on a smaller device is silly.

    The idea of creating a device of this type is to make it as efficient and useful as possible. Carrying around 20 gadgets, each for a different purpose, is a long forgotten concept. Devices nowadays are targeted towards multi-purposeness, not specified use.

    If I wanted to use the internet on a device that has low internal memory or no internal memory at all, I'd just use my smartphone. Oh, wait. Smartphones happen to have ALOT of internal memory nowadays.
     
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    a netbook with only the internet and integrated webapps

    once again, this is not a laptop replacement, this will appeal the the market that bought/was thinking about buying netbooks, most people here probably do more heavy computing tasks and games etc, but the average consumer mostly uses just the internet, things like facebook, youtube, just casual computer users
     
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    Chrome OS is probably going to be a OS for bloggers and on the go secretary/personal assistants.
     
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    I agree, this it what thought it would be. But i presumed you'd at least be able to install stuff locally and have at least a BIT of internal storage; otherwise the 20 seconds you saved in the boot up time will be irrelevant compared to the time to download a 15MB powerpoint and a few pictures.
     
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    your files are in the cloud, and you can access them anytime with wireless data, be it from 3g or wifi

    are casual users riding the train playing lineage 2? they're checking their email, talking to people, or just listening to music, watching videos, or playing some casual games

    the internet is multi-purpose, you can use it millions of different ways, for tons of different tasks

    do you do everyday internet browsing on your smartphone? you must love the 4-inch displays on those things

    Edit: to wizz

    pictures would be loaded very fast, it's not like you're downloading an archive, and downloading a powerpoint isn't exactly that common
     
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    I'm not convinced that people will rely on the web so easily, especially after the recent Sony servers hacking. Data is *not* safe on the internet. In all factuality, it's less safe than it'd be on a drive filled with malware.
     
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    btw i think Tablets will win over Google os
     
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    It's just various flavours of Linux, really. Google didn't re-invent the wheel. Android, Chromium, Chrome, they all have roots in Unix.

    Android is obviously welcome on portable devices, since the complicated kernel it offers allows a whole lot of "magic".

    Chrome and Chromium on the other hand feel like a really "stripped" version of the same experiance, and I'd much rather choose Ubuntu or something of that flavour rather than these... things.
     
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    What does it mean "jailbreakable"? Does it just mean that like the Cr-48 there is a "dev mode" switch allowing terminal access?
     

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