Google, the ubiquitous Internet search engine company, is beginning to demonstrate how its new Chrome operating system would work on computers. The first models with the new computer software will be released in mid-2011 with Acer and Samsung laptops. EnGagdget.com also reports the Internet software will be running your desktop programs much like the way programs can be run on the Chrome browser. There are several things Google has touted with its new operating system, such as speed and being able to bring your cloud computing to physical computer memory.
What Google has tried to do seems to be bridging the gap between a Windows system and Apple system. Here are some good points and bad points about the new Google Chrome OS, as some techies see it now.
Much like current Google accounts, you can control the applications on the desktop with one password and one account. When you sign into a Google Gmail account now, you have access to every other Google service available, including the Shopping module, Google Documents and more. Now you have the same control on your desktop computer, and not just the cloud computing model.
The speed and commonality of updates will also be a huge selling point. No longer will there be cumbersome downloads to update software every few years–instead, Google intends on having new tweaks to the system every couple of weeks designed to make the system run more efficiently and faster. Imagine your favorite app getting a software update periodically which improves functionality and speed–that’s what Google intends to do with its downloads for the operating system.
Even though tech geeks have been waiting for Google’s operating system for a long time, there will still be some issues which need to be worked out. Most prominent will be the machines’ inability to hook up hardware devices to the computer. Google Chrome’s operating system won’t be able to talk to your printer yet.
Incompatibility with USB devices is also a concern which Google will have to remedy. There will be two options for the software–become compatible with current gadgets, or create their own line of hardware to go with the operating system.
Perhaps it’s good that Google simply tests their new system first before going all out with other products with which to be compatible. In that respect, Google can test how consumers like the new software before incorporating it in other products.
In any event, many people have been waiting for over a year since the original announcement of the new computer operating system using Google’s platform. Look for it sometime during the summer 2011.
Patel, Nilay, “Google Chrome OS gets detailed, first laptops from Acer and Samsung coming mid-2011,” Engadget.com.