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Chrome OS to miss promised 2010 target by months

updated 03:00 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010

No Chrome OS devices shipping in 2010

Google in a statement today said that no hardware would ship using Chrome OS in 2010. Although it made promises as late as September that it was on schedule to have devices in the fall, the company has said finished devices wouldn't appear for the "next few months." There would be "more details to share" within a few weeks, a spokesperson told eWeek.

The delay is a potentially major setback for Google as it undermines the attempt to foster a second platform at Google beyond Android. It has positioned Chrome OS as its platform for traditional computers but with a strong emphasis on cloud computing. With the exception of some basic local file and media viewing, every app must be based on the web and runs in a Chrome browser that forms the core of the OS.

Acer, ASUS and another of familiar netbook manufacturers had teased future designs for Chrome OS and could potentially charge less than for a regular netbook. Without the need for offline apps, a netbook using Chrome OS can use just an 8GB SSD and both save money as well as boot almost instantly.

Chrome OS is now arriving well after analysts and even Microsoft executives had begun seeing tablet cannibalization of netbooks, led mostly by the iPad. An arbitrary set of limitations around netbook specs along with mostly unchanged performance have left customers either holding off or buying tablets instead.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Busy Copying iOS 4.2.1

    They had to wait to copy additional features...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: busy

    Huh? Since it is meant for traditional computers, there's very little in iOS 4.2.1 to copy.

    And it isn't like iOS 4.2.1 brings much 'new' to the table. It's new to the iOS, but not to an OS in general.

  1. mustango

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hum de dum...

    Is it competition yet?

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This OS will absolutely *rule* ... the rapidly shrinking netbook market. ;)

    Seriously though, why would anyone want an OS that's a browser? I've been asking people this since I first heard of Chrome and no one has ever given me a good answer.

    The "end consumer" is just not going to like Chrome OS on the whole. It's total geekfood.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if it's anything like Android...

    I'll pass.

    Google tries so hard to be everything to everybody that they miss the point. Being there is only half the battle.

    I've used Android on a bargain basement tablet I bought. Forgiving the crappy hardware, Android feels very Tinker Toy compared to iOS. Not enough polish. Requires too much knowledge from the user to get he most out of it.

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Security and Manageability for enterprises

    as above

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