Google’s operating system race with Microsoft and Apple is on. Today, the company showed off an update of Chrome OS at its headquarters.
Google execs stressed that Chrome OS is not a replacement but an “alternative” to operating systems available.
Notes on the new Google Chrome OS:
- Google envisions just netbook-like devices running Chrome OS. For now.
- Production begins next year. Google is working with equipment manufacturers to bring to market Chrome OS devices by holiday season 2010.
- Chrome OS only supports a limited amount of hardware, specifically solid state disks for storage, WiFi N for networking, and a full-size keyboard. This is disappointing some who were hoping for touchscreen controls.
- Chrome OS is open-source and will support all audio and video codecs in the Chrome browser.
- Consumers can’t install Chrome OS, it’s only available through the purchase of a device. Users are able to compile and install the source code.
- There are no specific price targets for the Chrome OS devices.
- Android devices can attach to Chrome OS devices, but there’s no direct support of printers just yet.
- There’s only support for web applications — no native apps. For now.
- Each browser window is “sandboxed” for security reasons. Malware and virus attacks will be thwarted as soon as a browser is closed.