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Google Animations Show Features of Chrome OS

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

This is what it's like living on a cloud.

Today was Google's big reveal of Chrome OS and its first notebook hardware. While the first actual retail products running Chrome OS won't hit in 2011, there will be a pilot program for testers to experience all that Google explains in the videos below.

For one, it's highly interesting how Chrome OS is completely aptly named since it basically exists entirely inside the browser. Of course, if your internet goes down, so does most of Chrome OS's functionality – which is why there is a built-in 3G connection.

Verizon will be providing the 3G services and there will be a free 100MB per month for two years, but Big Red will be happy to sell more extensive data plans for those who need more than that tiny amount.

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    joytech22 , December 8, 2010 1:04 AM
    Chrome OS looks alright, i'll definitely try it but not as a permanent OS.
    I'm just curious to see how it will work, i need to know first hand.

    Last time i said this i was thumb'd down heaps! These are just my opinions.
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    mrmoo500 , December 8, 2010 12:51 AM
    All I have to say is that the chrometop/laptop better be super cheap for anyone to buy one. Who would pay more than $300 to have a laptop that only surfs the web? I know I wouldn't.
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    Ragnar-Kon , December 8, 2010 12:59 AM
    For some reason I have a feeling this Chrome OS thing is gonna fail.

    Actually, let me rephrase that statement (since I thought iPad was going to bomb as well and it didn't):

    I'm not gonna buy it.
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    joytech22 , December 8, 2010 1:04 AM
    Chrome OS looks alright, i'll definitely try it but not as a permanent OS.
    I'm just curious to see how it will work, i need to know first hand.

    Last time i said this i was thumb'd down heaps! These are just my opinions.
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    tsnorquist , December 8, 2010 1:17 AM
    I could see Chrome OS being handy on things like: Kitchen Appliances, TVs, Cars.

    I'll stick to a normal personal computer which requires an extra 1minute of life to boot up.
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    dEAne , December 8, 2010 1:22 AM
    Absolutely it's too early to decide on this, it's like buying a cellphone, one day you discover it's crap.
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    septentriones , December 8, 2010 1:26 AM
    I recently tried Chromium OS and it was pretty slow. Of course I was running a live usb but my Ubuntu 10.10 live is faster once it gets loaded. My hardware might not be fully supported though. Hopefully they will improve their final product. I can see many light computer users buying this for speed (if it works out) and because most things they do are in the cloud and it might allow them to circumvent a pricier windows solution or (to them) unfamiliar linux in favor of something that works like google chrome. It's not really my cup of tea but I can see some enjoying it.
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    bejabbers , December 8, 2010 1:49 AM
    Why the hell would anyone want a computer that requires an internet connection to function? What if you're on a trip and want to watch a movie, or out of internet or cell phone range? I'll stick to my non-cloud based computing, thanks. Besides, my netbook which runs ubuntu boots in less than 10 seconds too.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2010 2:22 AM
    Thanks, but no thanks. I do sooo much more with my PC then surf the web. So Micro$oft, take notice. If Win 8 is a clouded OS, then back to Linux for me.
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    jojesa , December 8, 2010 2:24 AM
    Most people I know use their laptops to browse the web, and do some word processing. Many of them don't know the differences between a computer and the internet. If for some reason they cannot get to a site or their internet goes down I hear “my computer is not working.”
    I think Google has a chance with users describe above. Readers here at TH might be reluctant to by an internet device.
    Even though I understand where Google is going with this, I do a lot more with my PC (e.g. video & photo editing, publishing, gaming, etc) than just browse the web.
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    nebun , December 8, 2010 2:45 AM
    it's nice and probably fast...but it only depends on your ISP. why on earth would you want to use the web as your main storage for your docs and files?
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    elcentral , December 8, 2010 6:19 AM
    SSD SSD SSD for less boot time. w7 10 sec xp 3sec
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    eddieroolz , December 8, 2010 9:58 AM
    Chrome OS isn't what we need from a privacy-agnostic organization.
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    belardo , December 8, 2010 10:35 AM
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    I don't trust Google who has been in bed with the Obama administration or any other corporation to control all my computer to this extent.


    You forgot you aluminum foil hat. So I guess if it was Palin in the White House, then all would be fine to use ChromeOS?
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    zodiacfml , December 8, 2010 11:07 AM
    Perfect in a dual boot computer just to get on the net quickly, and install the OS on machines of less tech savvy people in my life.
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    xkche , December 8, 2010 11:14 AM
    run Crysis? :p 

    No sé, no confío en la nube :S
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    jgutz2006 , December 8, 2010 12:03 PM
    I can see this as a good mate with a real laptop, now while at the airport you can fire up chrome to check and update your email etc so as to not use up/drain your primary laptop battery, i see this all the time with netbooks as they can usually just slide the netbook in the same case with the laptop. Is it for me? i dont know as i would just purchase a Sony Z UltraPortable machine but i can definitely see the advantages of this over a "normal" worthless netbook
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    soundping , December 8, 2010 3:52 PM
    got drivers?
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    didymus03 , December 8, 2010 8:06 PM
    I definitely see this as having potential to be big for people who do mostly just use web-based applications. Especially for those people who are already using many of Google's services. I can see myself having this as a second or 3rd OS on my notebook for when that's all I need to do. This is especially true as more powerful applications are developed in this format. I will hold off all actual judgement until I try it for myself.
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    septentriones , December 8, 2010 8:29 PM
    This is the chromium build I tried. It's not perfect but it gives a bit of an idea about how the chrome OS will turn out. http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/
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