Google Announces Chrome Operating System

After rethinking browsing, Google has decided to do the same thing with operating and late Tuesday the company announced that it was working on its own open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.

Details are scant at the moment. We know that it will run on both ARM and x86 chips, and we know that we'll see netbooks running the software in the latter half of 2010 (Google says its already talking to partners). Because they're stripping everything down and going back to OS basics, users won't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. According to Google, "It should just work."

"The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel," writes Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management at Google. "For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies," he explains, adding that, "of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."

For those of you wondering what this will mean for Android, Google assures that this is a completely separate project. The Chrome OS is created for people who spend most of their time online and is designed to power computers of all shapes and sizes, from netbooks to desktops. Google does concede that there are areas of the two that overlap but goes on to say that choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone.

Check out the full blog post about Chrome OS by clicking here.

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  • eklipz330
    that looks LIKE THE MOST EPIC

    POKEBALL

    EVER
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  • sublifer
    People do use netbooks while not connected to the internet... so what are people supposed to do with a ChromeOS netbook when they don't have an internet connection? It'd just be an over-sized paperweight.
  • doomtomb
    Everything web-based: good for netbooks but not for more powerful laptops and desktops. What happens when your security is compromised because you foolishly did EVERYTHING over the web. What happens when your internet is down in your area? Your operating system stops working?

    We all know, this is good for competition and what-not but Google is interested in gaming and what-not. They just want a piece of the pie and Google is slowly taking over the world, one computer at a time.
  • doomtomb
    Argh I need editing just like TH >_> I meant "Google is NOT interested in gaming"