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    Samsung and Acer to Debut Google Chromebooks on June 15th; Game Changer?


    For the longest time, Microsoft and it's OS have pretty much dominated the world's Personal Computer OS market with its various iterations of Windows. One could argue that Apple's OS has always been around to compete with it, but Microsoft still holds over 80% of the world's home computer market, so, based on the numbers, its hard to call Apple really competitive in the PC market (even if many people think it is a better alternative). No other company has really ever truly "stepped up to the plate" to design an OS to try to compete with the MS Juggernaut, until now...

    Google has been working hard on the ChromeOS for quite some time now, and late yesterday at Google I/O they announced their new version of it will be running on a couple of netbooks. One is from Samsung, and the other is from Acer.

    This could have massive potential, since the ChromeOS "steps outside the box" of traditional thinking when it comes to an Operating System, and is browser-based. If you look carefully into your technological crystal ball, it's not hard to envision a future where everything is cloud-based (all applications are handled by massive server networks instead of stored on your local machine). The ChromeOS, and these two new netbooks, could be the herald of that future dawning. It's apparent that Google sees this possible future too, and in fact, they are obviously "banking" on it as they are developing products specifically geared toward making it happen. Now that Samsung and Acer, two of the largest manufacturers in the world have decided to give the ChromeOS a shot, we could be seeing the beginning of a snow-ball effect, with more manufacturers trying it out.

    Ultimately, the fate of this vision of the future will be decided by consumers, so let's dive right into the features of these two ChromeOS netbooks from Samsung and Acer, and you can decide for yourself if it appeals to you. Here are the feature highlights taken straight from Google's ChromeOS webpage:

    Samsung ChromeOS Netbook / Samsung ChromeBook = $429
    • 12.1" (1280x800) 300 nit Display
    • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
    • 8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
    • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
    • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
    • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
    • 2 USB 2.0 ports
    • 4-in-1 memory card slot
    • Mini-VGA port
    • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
    • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

    Acer ChromeOS Netbook / Acer ChromeBook = $399
    • 11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
    • 2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
    • 6 hours of continuous usage 1
    • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
    • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
    • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
    • High-Definition Audio Support
    • 2 USB 2.0 ports
    • 4-in-1 memory card slot
    • HDMI port
    • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
    • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

    And, here are the features of Google's ChromeOS itself:
    • Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly. Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe® Flash®. In fact, Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released.
    • It's easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G. As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favorite wireless network so you're on the web right from the start.
    • Your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log in to another Chromebook and get right back to work.
    • 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.
    • Chromebooks are easy to share with family and friends. They can log in to experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps, and extensions, or use Guest Mode to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.
    • Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself. Automatically. All of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Annoying update prompts not included.
    • Chromebooks run the first consumer operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of "defense in depth" to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot.
    When all is said and done, if Google can manage to make it easier to use than Microsoft's OS, and they market it well, then they might just have a hit on their hands. They do have an uphill battle as they must convince manufacturers to begin adopting ChromeOS for their products. Interestingly, the growth of smartphones will ultimately help their cause, since they are similar in form, if not function, to cloud-based computing, and it gets people used to the idea of having a computer that isn't a PC. Perhaps we are seeing the start of a real "game changer" in the world of Personal Computers... what do you think?

    You can discuss the exciting Chrome OS and the new hardware coming out at the Chrome OS Forums. Visit: Chrome OS Forum

    Source: ChromeOSForums.net via Google Chromebooks
    Last edited by dgstorm; 05-12-2011 at 11:48 AM.

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