Google introduces the Google Chrome OS for mini laptops
Posted on 8-Jul-2009 17:55
Filed under: News
Google has announced through its official blog the launch of Google Chrome OS, an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.
Later this year the company will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
This is Googles attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. The company says they have already started talks with partners about the project, and will soon be working with the open source community on this new operating system.
It's been nine months since the launch of the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS, which is being designed to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds.
The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. As done before with the Google Chrome browser, Google is going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.
Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.
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. And 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.
Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, Google says choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including the company itself.