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Chrome OS Arriving in 2010 Says Google

As reported last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed during his Web 2.0 Summit Q&A session that the official launch of Chrome OS wouldn't happen for the next few months, indicating that Chrome OS products won't see the light of day until Q1 2011. Originally netbook partners such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba were slated to release Chrome OS devices in Q4 2010.

Additional reports now indicate that Chrome OS itself is still slated for this year, however the company is remaining tight lipped in regards to when and how. "We're not going into details at this point," a Google representative told TechCrunch. ZDNet also received word that Chrome OS would arrive this year in a preview version, and as "a test form on several new form factors."

It's assumed that Google's Chrome OS will arrive in beta sometime during December. TechCrunch points to the Chromium OS forums showing that the developers are still knocking out late-stage bugs, many of which are UI-related. This log shows six main issues preventing the release of a Chrome OS beta whereas this list shows 38 bugs that need to be addressed across the board. Another open issue reveals that Google is disabling certain features that contain "show-stopping bugs" in order to get the beta out the door.

Google released Chrome OS to open source this time last year. The company continuously releases the source code which in turn can be compiled and used as an OS. One of the more popular builds is offered by Hexxeh called Flow, and can be loaded using a USB stick or from a burned DVD.

Previously Google stated that Chrome OS was designed with keyboards in mind while Android was meant for touchscreens. This would indicate that Google may limit Chrome OS to netbooks and other keyboard-compatible devices while Android is primarily used on smartphones and tablets. Google's Honeycomb build of Android (v3.0) is supposedly geared primarily for tablet use-- manufacturers have even stated that tablet production was on hold until Honeycomb is ready for use.

  • jerreece
    Could this ultimately lead to a Chrome OS for desktops too I wonder? I wonder which Search Engine would be the browser default... LOL (*sarcasm*)

    Should be interesting to see how this goes.
  • Sp will Google need a ballot box to show you the other Browsers you can install! Or is that saved for Microsoft only!
  • What does chrome offer that we do not already have through linux and MS?
  • bison88
    Google's Chrome OS has no plans to attack the desktop market, at least that's what was announced when they first announced the planned OS. It is hardly an OS to begin with, just an application connecting to the cloud. I see it having no significance in the desktop market to begin with which is why laptops which are significantly underpowered will benefit from cloud resources. I'd never want an OS where I have to have an internet connection 24/7 to access my computers resources.
  • alikum
    SmochinaCan anyone explain to me why I need an 'operating system' that requires me to be online all the time, and why in the world would I need to run the applications remotely? I mean yea, if I was a retard and all I needed was a browser to check my facebook account every 2 minutes, I'd understand, but other than that?Salesforce came up with such an idea and now everyone is so crazy about it. Perhaps in a near future, they have Crysis on cloud? :O
  • maestintaolius
    jerreeceCould this ultimately lead to a Chrome OS for desktops too I wonder? I wonder which Search Engine would be the browser default... LOL (*sarcasm*)Should be interesting to see how this goes.When you install the chrome browser it already has a prompt asking you to choose between google, yahoo and bing.
  • eddieroolz
    Personally I really don't see the point of another Linux-based OS, especially if the rumors of Google working on a tablet-centric version of Android is true.
  • Lutfij
    ah chromium OS - would want one but don't know if it worth the eait...although the androids we're very user friendly!
  • fjiekie
    chrome os is designed to be fast and reliable
    => so most things happens on the cloud

    chrome os on a desktop would be useful if your computer is off and you need to look something up VERY quickly, but it isn't a full blown OS, never was
  • Griffolion
    I'm very disappointed that this is unlikely to appear on tablets. A 10" tablet with a lightning fast OS and a UI that is basically an internet browser with access to many cloud based apps was really appealing to me.

    I also really like the concept of the cloud print service Google is developing too.