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Post by trog @ 09:22am 12/05/11 | 24 Comments
The Google I/O Conference is going on at the moment and there's been a few interesting announcements (...if you live in the US, anywhere, where several of the cool services are only available, like their new digital music locker thing), and today they've announced their first real-world foray into their Chrome OS powered computers - Chromebook:
Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time.

Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.
More information is available on the Chromebook site.

Obviously it is a totally different experience to the traditional laptop - it is the first laptop that is really designed from the ground up to access almost all the resources - documents, media, applications - online.

For those interested in the tech specs, the Samsung version looks like this:
12.1" (1280x800) 300 nit Display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port



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Nerfington
Posted 09:35am 12/5/11
Sounds very intriguing. I've never really understood the appeal of laptops (I guess because I have my desktop and game and whatnot) and the current wave of smart-stuff is only interesting for the fact that it gives convenient mobile internet and apps.

Considering how good of a job Google does with various other things (Chrome's JS engine amazes me given that it was the newest contender), I can't help and be curious about what they're bringing with this.
Raven
Posted 09:36am 12/5/11
This basically sells iPads for Apple without their marketing team having to do squat:
"Apple iPad. With 64GB storage."
fade
Posted 09:39am 12/5/11
sadly, nothing here will scare apple.
teq
Posted 09:45am 12/5/11
4/10
Twisted
Posted 09:48am 12/5/11
I didn't really think they were taking on iPads....I thought they were taking on Netbooks and laptops.
Hogfather
Posted 09:49am 12/5/11
Pass on Cloudbook.
Opec
Posted 10:11am 12/5/11
I also read that they've now put in offline ability to work on your google docs etc as well as a proper off line file manager / file structure. I guess end of the day they realised that OMG not everyone is connected 24/7 and needs to have the ability to work on stuff off line.
kos
Posted 10:15am 12/5/11
Yeah don't really see how it compares to an iPad, one's a tablet, the other's an online-only laptop.

In my opinion this kind of thing as way ahead of the technology that's required to let it run. I would never consider current connectivity/online access reliable enough to have a piece of hardware that requires it just to perform basic functions.

Edit: Opec's post didn't exist when I posted :P Even with the most basic offline functionality it still doesn't interest me, Web apps are still very ew.
bepatient
Posted 10:20am 12/5/11
I don't think I'd buy something like this, I mean it sounds great but I couldn't help but think of the things I can't do and that would piss me off.

That being said, I've been following these for ages now and it is something I'd love get my hands on and play around with.

On a side note; that's the old Google Chrome logo you're using there.
E.T.
Posted 10:29am 12/5/11
I'll take a big pass on this.
parabol
Posted 10:36am 12/5/11
Android's Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich OSs are targeted for tablets. This is instead just a netbook type device.
Eorl
Posted 10:48am 12/5/11
See, I'd get this over an iPad. Seems better and more usable in everyday situations.
Dazhel
Posted 10:49am 12/5/11
Seems better and more usable in everyday situations.


Until either Google's cloud or your internet connection takes a dump and you're SOL with a paperweight.
Eorl
Posted 11:09am 12/5/11
Well, I'd be smart and have backups on my hard drives at home/work.
pimento
Posted 11:37am 12/5/11
Why mini VGA? Surely we've moved on from analogue video output. Either way, eh.. Hope you don't want to get any work done on the plane.

Also Eorl, having local copies of the stuff is kinda immaterial.. I'm pretty sure you can only use Google Docs to edit things, so they have to be online.
trog
Posted 11:42am 12/5/11
Google Docs offline mode is, apparently, coming
Opec
Posted 12:05pm 12/5/11
deadlyf
Posted 12:23pm 12/5/11
And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it
Doesn't sound very optional, I mean I'm sure they will give you an option but it sounds like it will be pretty useless without it.

Their crap about not having to update your OS like a PC seems to ignore the fact that Windows has auto-update.

The Asus Transformer is still looking a million times better and running Android. The boot time sounds cool and all but without the same application support as a Windows or Mac laptop it's just a glorified web browser and if that's all I'm going to get out of it I'd rather one that doubles as a tablet.
pimento
Posted 01:10pm 12/5/11
Ya looks like it should be able to do a bunch of things offline, so that's better than expected. More info here too:

http://gizmodo.com/5800813/live-from-google-io-keynote-ii-chrome
Winston
Posted 03:16pm 12/5/11
Any word on price?

Being able to get on the web whilst my arse is on the couch interests me.
sparrow
Posted 05:05pm 12/5/11
I'm not convinced I'd want a laptop that didn't have a harddrive. I currently use dropbox for pretty much all my uni work, but that comes under 2gb, and I need to store photos and other media somewhere, and I don't really want that to be on the net.
Pinky
Posted 05:10pm 12/5/11
Yep, I'll give this one a miss certainly for most of the reasons mentioned above.
Whoop
Posted 05:44pm 12/5/11
I thought chromebook was a facebook plugin for chrome or something. Might want to change the thread title to be more specific. "Google announces Chrome powered netbooks" maybe?

Sounds very intriguing. I've never really understood the appeal of laptops (I guess because I have my desktop and game and whatnot) and the current wave of smart-stuff is only interesting for the fact that it gives convenient mobile internet and apps.

Considering how good of a job Google does with various other things (Chrome's JS engine amazes me given that it was the newest contender), I can't help and be curious about what they're bringing with this.

I love my macbook because it lets me watch movies during blackouts, browse the net if I'm "sick" in bed. I felt the same way about smart phones too, until I got one. Now I use it for everything, camera, writing down notes, peoples phone numbers, shopping list, emails, etc. It's awesome being able to just google something while you're out if you get lost & forgot to take the address with you.
deadlyf
Posted 05:47pm 12/5/11
Might want to change the thread title to be more specific. "Google announces Chrome powered netbooks" maybe?

They are called Chromebooks so that is pretty much what you would call them if you wanted to be specific.
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