The Chrome OS is a nice alternative to Windows and Mac OS X if all a user does is check emails, write and edit documents, surf the Web, watch videos, and run some Android apps. But until now, that has been all one could do on Google s desktop operating system.
Google has reportedly announced a whopping 2.7 million dollars bounty if security experts are able to hack its Chrome browser-based OS at the Pwnium 4 hacking contest.
Google has released an update for Chrome browser that brings the Chrome OS experience to Windows 8 devices. With this update, users can open the browser in Windows 8 mode that brings an app launcher like the one found on Chrome OS. This allows users to get a complete Chrome OS look and feel by opening multiple windows that can snap into place and also open Chrome web apps.
Google s minimal Chrome OS is seen working on laptops, and now it has finally made it to the desktop PCs. LG has taken the wraps off the Chromebase, the world s first all-in-one computer to run on Chrome OS. LG will officially launch the PC at CES 2014.
Google has released a new Dev Channel version of its Chrome browser for Windows 8, which looks as well as behave a lot like the Chrome OS for the platform. Interestingly, the app will now bring the Chrome OS experience within the Microsoft Windows 8 Start UI, and will also carry the Metro look of the platform. First reported by The Verge, this update comes as an extension to the Google s recently launched Chrome App initiative which helped users launch the Chrome apps even outside of the Chrome browser.
Google has announced what it describes as a new breed of native/web apps called Chrome Apps, which are essentially web apps that are programmed to look and work like desktop apps. Chrome Apps are currently only available on Windows and the Chrome OS, with a Linux and Mac OS X version in the pipeline.
Google has sent out invites for an event on July 24 which will be hosted by Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai. Most probably, this announcement will be regarding Android 4.3, which has sporadically surfaced randomly on numerous occasions, including just before Google I/O back in May.
Google has announced a new rendering engine for its Chrome web browsers and Chrome OS called Blink. Blink is based on a forked version of WebKit, but architecturally and code base wise it is much simpler. Originally, Google went with WebKit for Chrome, but as the Chromium project as grown there have been complications as it is wildly different from other WebKit based browsers owing to its multi-process architecture. Now that Google has the market share, it can stand on its own with Blink, at least that s what it hopes to achieve.
Google Now is big deal for Google. It has already become very popular on Android and now it appears that it could make an appearance on Chrome OS and Windows version of Chrome after Google added a reference about the feature in the latest Chromium release.
We have previously reported that a leaked video surfaced that Google could launch a Chrome OS powered machine called the ChromeBook Pixel that will flaunt a retina display like Apple s MacBook Pro. Now there is a leaked document courtesy Fran ois Beaufort, a Chrome Developer, which adds to the possibility of this development. The information suggests that there could be a multi-color lightbar scheme
Under the Google ChromeBook program, many OEMs design and sell their own hardware, which is essentially run on Google's Chrome OS. Apparently, Google has ambitious plans for ChromeBooks on the lines of the Nexus program for Android smartphones and it is planning to launch a super high resolution ChromeBook that has been designed by its own engineers and will have an Ultra-high resolution display similar to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. All this has come to light thanks to a mysterious video that popped up on the web and now has been revealed to be from Slinky.me whose servers were hacked and the video was lifted from it.
When it comes to business centric notebooks, then Lenovo s ThinkPad brand is perhaps the first and foremost option for most. Lenovo already has a number of products under the iconic branding including an 11.6-inch model the ThinkPad X131e. Today, ZDNet is reporting that Lenovo has announced ChromeBook variant of the same that is powered by Google s cloud-based Chrome OS.
Google and Samsung have again joined hands to create a new Chromebook and Chromebox and as usual both run Google s cloud based Chrome OS. The new Samsung Chromebook - the Series 5 550, flaunts a 12.-inch display, an Intel Core series processor, 4GB of RAM, an HD camera, two USB 2.0 ports, and a rated battery life of six hours. On the other hand, the Chromebox which admittedly, is a Mac Mini look alike now get four USB 4.0 ports and gets built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Gigabit ethernet.
Google’s Chrome OS was originally designed as a lightweight operating system for devices such as netbooks, which have a constant internet connection. The search giant already has Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and will soon offer Android Ice Cream Sandwich for tablets but apparently that hasn’t stopped Google from optimizing a version of Chrome OS for use on slates. One developer named Francois Beaufor has leaked a video that reveals a hint of what Chrome OS on a tablet might look like. The video shows a quick look at the touchscreen keyboard, an example of the web browser in action and support for voice-based search. As Business Insider points out, it might make a lot more sense for Google to just build a top-notch Chrome browser for Android instead of porting its OS to tablets. Many believe Google’s Android offering is fragmented enough as it is. Hit the break for a quick video clip.
During the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, Google discussed the future of its “Chrome OS” platform, as well as some future products that will soon hit the market. Google has improved the performance of Adobe Flash playback within the browser, and the OS will now recognize I/O devices such as cameras when
Details of Samsung’s first official Chrome OS netbook, dubbed Alex, have surfaced in Google’s code repository. According to the Chrome OS development site, the Alex netbook will be powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 processor and sport 2GB of RAM. A SanDisk solid-state harddrive of an unknown capacity, a 1280 x 800 pixel display resolution, Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, front-facing webcam, and Bluetooth along with support for 3G cellular connectivity and a Synaptics TouchPad will also be included. Google’s I/O developer conference is in just a few short weeks… perhaps Sir Alex will make an appearance.