Finally, Google releases its second physical device after Nexus One and Nexus S hit the market for the first time. However, this time Google played bigger. It’s a netbook. According to Google, it’s a revolutionary netbook that contains nothing but some hardware (no data, literally).
So, what is Chromebook?
You already know that Google has got a browser called Chrome. But Chrome is a software and you can’t literally touch it or feel it or throw it into the river. So, the folks at Google created a heavier version of Chrome and named it Google Chrome OS (Operating System). But we have never received a stable version of this browser-based operating system although Google has been testing it on a CR-48 notebook and gave away a couple of these “Beta laptops” to people.
Then Google appointed Samsung and Acer to build a netbook for it. This netbook, a physical alternative to your Chrome browser, has been unveiled by Google today. If you’re interested, you can obviously buy it. This will hit the market on June 15th this year. You can buy it from Amazon and Best Buy.
See this video from the Google folks:
Why throw it into the river?
Well, Google definitely doesn’t inspire you to throw it into the river. They just say that if you for some reason do throw it into the river, you have lost nothing but a bunch of circuit boards, motherboard, processor, display, keyboard, touchpad and the likes. All your information data is still safe because whatever you did with your Chromebook remains safely on the cloud. This is a big thing, for sure, unless your Internet speed is as terrible as here in Bangladesh.
Features that might catch eyes
- 8 second boot-up: Because Chromebook doesn’t have any ‘installed software’, this little netbook takes only 8 seconds to boot up. I guess that’s fairly fast compared to how long it takes to run Google Chrome browser in a Windows, Linux or Mac.
- Applications: Google says, “Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you’re not connected. Visit the Chrome Web Store to try the latest apps, or just type in a URL. No CDs required.” I’d say that it’s originated in Ubuntu (software center) that was later adapted in Mac (Mac App Store) and now in Google Chrome OS.
- Updated, always: Google says Chromebook stays updated no matter when you boot it up. Whenever you’re using your Chromebook, you can believe that you’re running the latest version of OS as well as all other apps. (Note that I don’t understand why Google says that all the apps will automatically be updated when they already said that there’s no app actually installed. They didn’t say it directly, but they meant it. Watch the video above for reference.)
Will you be buying it?
Me? Well, I don’t know if I can run Windows or Ubuntu on it. If yes, I’d like to buy one (I’m not saying that I’ll buy because Amazon isn’t available in the place I live in). But I guess I can’t run any other operating system because the configuration doesn’t show up any hard drive into it. So, maybe I’m not gonna be a fan of Chromebook.
For specifications of Samsung and Acer Chromebooks, follow this link and choose your favorite vendor.
But I’m sure not everyone is so. What do you think of Chromebook netbook?