Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook Shipments Halted

If you're one of the thousands who signed up for Google's Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook Pilot Program and are still waiting for the device to show up on the front porch, give it up. According to a tweet provided by Google’s VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai, all units Google planned to send out for the program have been shipped.

"The Chrome operating system is a work in progress," Google said when it launched the program in December. "We’re looking for the right users to try it out and tell us how we can make it better. Each participant in the Pilot program will receive a Cr-48 Chrome notebook; in return, we'll expect you to use it regularly and send us detailed feedback."

Google also warned potential users that it's designed for people who "live on the web," and that it's not for the faint of heart, meaning that it's prone to locking up, crashing, and any other type of havoc unstable software can bring to a laptop.

Backing up the tweet, the Pilot Program website currently reads that Google is no longer accepting new applications. "If you want to be notified when Chrome notebooks go on sale and stay up to date on the latest Chrome notebook news, please fill out this form."

Pichai also revealed in his tweet that partner devices will be out on the market "mid-year," indicating that the device may arrive sometime during June or July 2011.

Additional reports indicate that the current notebook received a huge update that brought some "positive changes" to the new OS including a fix to the trackpad and sensitivity setting, power optimizations, a fix to the Wi-Fi connectivity and audio CPU utilization improvements.

Back in December, Pichai said that Acer and Samsung will be the first manufacturers to produce Chrome OS devices. These will likely be laptops if recent rumors prove true. However, we expect to hear more about the results of the Pilot Program and Google's plans for Chrome OS during the Google I/O event taking place in May.

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  • wishmaster12
    Google must of had a good IPO,lol
  • soundping
    Great now the Repugs will shutdown google.
  • restatement3dofted
    Based on your article and the Tweet, it doesn't really seem accurate to say that Google "halted" shipment of the devices, which implies that there were more they were going to ship, but for some reason won't actually be shipped. In reality it just sounds like they've shipped all of the notebooks they were ever going to ship, having filled all of the spaces in the pilot program.