Google just launched artillery deep into territories held by Microsoftand Apple by making one of the biggest announcements in its history: The reveal of Chrome OS. And in doing so, it has declared war on the traditional desktop model.
The Cr-48 Chrome Notebook will be the first official device featuringChrome OS. Although it’s only being released in a pilot program to beta testers, it’s very much an emissary to consumers (Google’s hopeful allies in the fight). Those of you interested in enlisting cansign up to test the device, but we’re guessing selection will be — well — selective.
Not much is known about the hardware driving Google’s new machine, but here is what we do know:
- 12-inch LCD display
- Built-in Wi-Fi and 3G (service provided by Verizon Wireless)
- Full-sized keyboard with no caps-lock or function keys
- Oversized clickable touchpad
- Weighs in at 3.8 pounds
- Solid state hard drive — capacity unknown
- Eight hours of active usage with a week of standby power
The Cr-48 Chrome Notebook might not be the most powerful computing device, but that’s not the point. The device is intended for consumption, not raw processing power. Whether it performs as a consumption device remains to be seen, but if Google gets this right, Chrome OS notebooks could put a serious hurt on devices like the MacBook Air.
This story ignores the important part…Citrix and made in partnership with CIO’s Google isn’t really going after Apple its going after Microsoft. Microsoft claims a cloud (basically built on Google’s back) Google demonstrates one. This system is going to be so simple so secure that I can’t imagine anyone having an issue. Also cool light 3g wifi for free 100mb its a smart business model let users buy a day pass rather than a monthly plan. Google is doing a lot of things right with this my only question is about cost… Also Apple will probably be accelerating its imac touches… My bet Google and Apple become the only 2 players in the PC market… Sorry Microsoft but you should probably get out of the Hardware game ASAP!
I made this infographic earlier….
I felt my theme should match it… I changed it… Its much better now.
Almost Nothing Dies!!
I keep seeing “this is the death of that” articles. Sometimes they are talking about the newspaper industry, other times its a style of advertising, other times its premuim software… Simple truth almost no industries actually die. Companies yes industries almost never! Industries may shrink to almost nothing, but they very rarely go away altogether.
Next time you see an article saying “this industry is going to die”… remember you can still buy a horse drawn carriage (Its actually an industry with several competitors still making them!) When the internet kills jobs in print, its going to let them be created somewhere else…
Check it out for yourself… http://www.colonialcarriage.com/