It seems as if Google is trying to shake things up, first they remove the beta tag from Google apps such as Calendar, Docs, Gmail and Talk and now they have unveiled their latest project — Google Chrome OS.
“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.”
Yes, you read that correctly, Google is planning to release an operating system based on their Chrome web browser. First things first, Google Chrome OS is not yet available, instead we will have to wait a while as it will not be available for consumers until the “second half of 2010,” which means we have to wait at least a year.
Anyway, assuming we can deal with having to wait (of course, really we have no other option) here is a little of what we have to look forward to. To begin with, Google Chrome OS will be open sourced and be able to run on both x86 as well as ARM chips. It seems as if Google Chrome OS is going to be the true cloud based operating system. According to the few details given “the software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.” Basically, users will be relying on web apps, and in terms of new applications, those can be written using, as Google puts it, “your favorite web technologies.”
So far it was noted that Google is currently working with “multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year.” Basically the details given were pretty light, however they did address the possible overlap of Android.
“While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.”
Sadly, though, even after a nice long post announcing Google Chrome OS on the Official Google Blog, I am still left wanting a little more of something. Maybe it is in the details, or due to the lack of anything in terms of images or screenshots. Bottom line, while interesting sounding, it sounds like we are going to have to wait a while longer before we get anything more because unfortunately, we can expect “more updates in the fall.”
Read [Official Google Blog]