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Chrome OS only due by late fall

updated 09:40 am EDT, Wed June 2, 2010

Google says Chrome OS still several months away

Google's Chrome lead Sundar Pichai told those at the Computex show today that Chrome OS won't ship until the "late fall." The release was pushed back towards the end of the original second-half 2010 target as Google wanted to be "selective" as to how the hardware and software came about. Chrome OS will only be usable with netbooks and notebooks at first and has a fixed set of requirements, such as a solid-state drive.

Pichai also dismissed Microsoft claims from last week that Chrome would have a fragmented app market as different brands would need different apps. As Chrome OS uses web apps, many of the 'programs' don't need to be rewritten, he said. The only changes are likely to be in the presentation of the OS, although companies are allowed to modify the OS for their own needs.

Acer, ASUS and a handful of other PC builders are due to use Chrome OS at first. Tablets have been raised as possibilities but haven't been discussed outside of abstract plans. The OS is poised to be a significant competitor in low-end netbooks and tablets as the free or near-free cost, as well as the lightweight system demands, could lead to many systems costing no more than $400.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    System requirements

    Requires a solid state drive?

    Yeah, that's a formula for success.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who wants to buy a Chrome OS device that can only use web apps, when they could buy an iPhone OS X or Android OS device that can use those very same web apps, plus a plethora of native apps, local media playback, and a bunch of other appealing features? Hardware vendors are obviously going to choose Android OS over Chrome OS as the latter does about as well as the JooJoo in the marketplace.

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    constantly underwhelmed

    I just can't get excited about the prospects of Chrome as an OS. It has no UI beyond the browser frame, but companies can "customise it as they wish"? If that isn't a great recipe for failure I don't know what is.

    To the consumer, an OS isn't about the underpinnings, it's about how it works and how you use it day to day. The multiple UI's and interfaces of Android are bad enough. How is taking what few bits of UI exist and throwing them out the window, and then telling manufacturers they can customise whatever's left till the cows come home going to make it any better?

    At best, Chrome is *not* an OS for the end-user, it's an OS for manufacturers and businesses like Windows. But why should I even care if it's MS Windows under the hood of my car or Chrome?

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