Just a couple of days after releasing their latest version of the Android smartphone OS, Google decided to up the ante.
Today we find that Google has launched their Chrome operating system for testing with a limited number of users.
The new Chrome OS will be given out to early adopters, developers and users who are used to beta software testing altogether. In order to help this testing process have proper conditions, only one type of computer will run it.
The computer at hand is an unbranded laptop that will be provided by Google along with the Chrome OS. The unbranded laptop is so far only spoken of as the CR-48 and is only “offered” in black.
If this testing should end in a success it would mean that the world of Operating Systems would have another serious competitor. As we all know, Microsoft’s Windows is by far king, Apple’s Mac OS suffers from a pricing issue and the free Linux has plenty of shortcomings as well.
Google claim that they’re only testing their Chrome OS on such a limited array of people because it is still in the early stages of development. This means that, for now, Google Chrome OS is probably littered by bugs and errors.
Even though this is the first time Google will be entering the world of full-sized operating systems, Chrome OS makes a few very interesting promises.
Apparently, Google’s Chrome OS will be the safest product of this kind so far even at its first launch. This feat will be achieved because Chrome OS uses constant automatic updates and something called “verified boot”.
The technology and the promised speed all seem interesting, what is slightly weird is what Google is marketing beside the functionality of their Chrome OS.
As Google Chrome OS plans to deliver the web and not much more the company has announced the intention to hook it up to cloud computing and to make users share their computers more often.
This final paragraph doesn’t really do it for me but I guess we’ll just have to wait before making any claims on Google’s operating system.