ChromeOS

  • Acer’s $199 Chromebook Now Accounts For 5-10% Of All Of Its U.S. Shipments

    Acer’s $199 Chromebook Now Accounts For 5-10% Of All Of Its U.S. Shipments

    Acer’s ChromeOS-based Chromebooks, the company’s president Jim Wong told Bloomberg today, accounted for “5 percent to 10 percent of Acer’s U.S. shipments since being released there in November.” Google itself has generally been reluctant to share any information about shipments of devices with its browser-centric Linux-based operating system and we… Read More

  • Google Now Lets Businesses Rent Chromebooks For $30 Per Month

    Google Now Lets Businesses Rent Chromebooks For $30 Per Month

    Google now lets companies rent Chromebooks for $30 per month and Chromeboxes for $25 per month. There are no long-term contracts to sign and rentals are always month-to-month (with the monthly price dropping steadily after the first twelve months). To offer this service, Google has partnered with CIT, a company that provides financing and leasing capital to small and medium businesses. Read More

  • Google: More Than 500 School Districts In The U.S. And Europe Now Use Chromebooks

    Google: More Than 500 School Districts In The U.S. And Europe Now Use Chromebooks

    It seems like schools are the one market where Google is having some success with its Chromebook initiative. Today, the company announced that there are now 500 school districts in the U.S. and Europe that actively use Chromebooks. The company also announced a few new districts that have recently decided to use Google’s web-centric laptops, including Rockingham Country Schools, N.C. Read More

  • Google Brings ChromeOS To The Desktop, Launches Its First Chromebox

    Google Brings ChromeOS To The Desktop, Launches Its First Chromebox

    Google, together with its partner Samsung, launched a new Chromebook and its first desktop Chromebox today. The most important change to the new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is that it is significantly faster. While earlier versions featured a battery-friendly Intel Atom chip, these first Chromebooks often felt underpowered. This new version features an Intel Core chip, as well as 4GB of RAM, an… Read More

  • Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel

    Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel

    Ever since Google released its cloud storage service Google Drive earlier this week, there has been some speculation as to what its integration with ChromeOS, Google’s cloud-centric operating system, would look like. Today, Google released the first developer version of ChromeOS 20 with support for Google Drive. As expected, Google Drive is now deeply integrated into the ChromeOS… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    It’s hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google’s browser-centric operating system, really is. There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative. Today, Google launched the latest developer version of Chrome OS and this update sports the first major redesign of the operation system’s interface since its launch in late 2010. In this new… Read More

  • Samsung's "Alex" Is A ChromeOS Netbook With Atom N550

    We’ve been looking for ChromeOS to hit the shelves for a few months now and it looks like Samsung may be one of the first shops to pound out a small, COS netbook with a low-power processor. This mock-up describes a 1.5GHz machine with Atom N550 and 2GB RAM with a 1280 x 800 display. The stats come, from all places, a bug report from the Chromium Google Group. Read More

  • Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or "Merge" With Android

    Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or "Merge" With Android

    Former Googler, FriendFeed founder and Facebook-er turned investor Paul Buchheit just tweeted this zinger: Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android) Considering his former employer just launched the Chrome OS pilot program last week, the comment may sting a little over at Mountain View, although it should be noted Buchheit is hardly the only one… Read More

  • Next10: Tariq Krim talks up new version of Jolicloud based on HTML5

    During his presentation at next10 today in Berlin, Jolicloud founder and CEO Tariq Krim talked up the move to HTML5 (via Google’s Chrome browser engine) and indicated that the company’s netbook OS will open up to 3rd party developers within a couple of weeks. Krim has garnered a lot of attention for the free cloud-based operating system, which recently exited beta. To keep up with… Read More

  • Google Chrome OS Is Here! Well, Kinda.

    Later today at CES, Glide will be debuting its extension for the Google Chrome browser, which it claims turns the software program into a full operating system. The extension, which is also available for Internet Explorer 7+ and Firefox 3.0+, can already be downloaded here. What Glide does is extend the most popular Internet browsers with a suite of applications that can interact with… Read More

  • The Google Monologues

    Had a wonderful time at the Google Holiday Party the other night both because of and in spite of it being “off the record.” The ground rules created an atmosphere where Googlers could be more frank than they usually are (note irony here) and at the same time get to wall off portions of the media’s brains from talking about what they said. These moments feel a lot like the… Read More