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Google's Chrome OS Finally Coming in June?

While Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to offer us a taste of Windows 8 on tablets this June, Google is still scrambling to get its Chrome OS off the ground and into consumers' hands. The latest rumored launch date pins Q2 2011 as the prime target, possibly as early as June-- just in time to crash Microsoft's big Windows-8-on-a-tablet coming-out-of-the-closet party.

According to unnamed sources, Google is currently working on retail deals with manufacturers and suppliers. Three companies named to be testing the new OS on a factory level are Acer, Asus, and Samsung, two of which supposedly claim that Google's platform is an "optimized experience" for netbooks with both 3G and Wi-Fi options.

When Google's operating system eventually arrives, it will come in two flavors: Chrome OS and Chromium OS. The former is the closed, commercialized version that will only be available to manufacturers for their specific netbooks, notebooks or whatever else they choose to sell with the software installed. However, each device will come packed with a disc containing Chromium OS-- the open-source development version of Chrome OS-- for installing on any other machine.

Although no specific release dates have been given, Chrome OS devices are expected to cost somewhere between $250 and $600. But at this point, we have to wonder if Google waited too long in releasing Chrome OS for netbooks given that tablets are currently cannibalizing the netbook sector. Maybe Chrome OS will swoop in and save the day.

The first official signs of Chrome OS appeared back in December 2010 with the launch of Google's Cr-48 Chrome notebook pilot program. A limited number of applicants received a free Chrome OS-based notebook/netbook in return for user feedback. However Google has since halted shipments and revealed little else about its upcoming software since.

  • jskilnyk
    I have a CR-48 and I can honestly say its not ready. While I am on dev build, I experince way too many freezes/crashes. But, Google Is very quick to fix those bugs. Only took them a couple days after they released a patch that had a bug in it to fix that bug. I'm currently running Chrome OS 11 Dev. Its is a good OS though and they are right to say this fills in the part of the market that Windows 7 can't.
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  • heyhihowyadurrin
    YESSSS I CANT WAIT
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  • Will Chrome OS be able to run Android apps or Linux Apps, or would it need its own developed programs?
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  • lifelesspoet
    hoping to evenhually try this on my arm based notebook
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  • dioxholster
    will this be a linux killer?
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  • Cloud computing (and Chrome OS by extension) is hella ghey... Why not a real Linux distro instead? Oh, yeah... because Microsoft will drop the cost of Windows to $0 or even pay OEMs not to launch Ubuntu netbooks, and because Google won't stand behind something that doesn't belong to them.
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  • Camikazi
    dioxholsterwill this be a linux killer?How can a Linux based OS be a Linux killer?
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  • mayankleoboy1
    whatever it will be, it will change the game
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  • chemical blade
    OEMicrosoftCloud computing (and Chrome OS by extension) is hella ghey... Why not a real Linux distro instead? Oh, yeah... because Microsoft will drop the cost of Windows to $0 or even pay OEMs not to launch Ubuntu netbooks, and because Google won't stand behind something that doesn't belong to them.
    I think cloud is a horrible idea for an Operating system, and will hurt PC gaming if it takes off, much like how intel did with its integrated graphics before sandy bridge; what company wouldn't insure their computers that run cloud are cheep on parts and never have the power to play PC games.

    And so far its not looking like you have a choice in the matter if you Bought a Cloud OS computer. Have they mentioned anything about hardware flexibility? customization?
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  • Why would u want google to handle your searches, email, web browser, phone, and now OS? No thank you
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