Chrome OS smartbooks coming by end of November

Chrome OS is nearly finished and ready to be pushed to the masses. The OS is planned to be put onto "smartbooks," which is a device slightly smaller than a netbook that has the internals of a smartphone; hence, "smartbook." The project is on track to be pushed out on at least one device by the end of November, according to a report by Digitimes.

Three companies are currently working on Chrome smartbooks, two of which will be available in December instead of November. Google will produce an ARM-based Chrome notebook that will be manufactured by Inventec and is expected to ship 60,000-70,000 units initially. The device will not be sold through retail channels, and instead will use a strategy similar to how they sold the Nexus One, according to CNET. When the Nexus One was first launched, it was sold strictly through Google's own website and was a very open platform for developers to experiment on. This similar strategy could help users and developers get excited about Chrome OS and let them see what kinds of potential the platform holds. Allowing a digital "sandbox" to play in first will help allow developers find out exactly what they can do and allow them to better work with the system.

Acer and HP will launch their versions of a Chrome OS smartbook in December to see what type of response the new platform will get. Both of the products will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while ASUS is going to wait and see if it should invest in Chrome OS. The web store for Chrome OS is also expected to open its doors with the release of Google's Chrome OS notebook.

Google's Chrome OS notebook is on schedule to be available by the end of November, with both Acer and HP's offerings following in December. 

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I think ChromeOS will be a great OS. It's the perfect one for my mother. All she uses any way is Facebook and Yahoo Mail. I'm very excited to see what the ChromeOS Smartbooks are like.

I am interested to see what these devices are like. At first glance though, I question how succesful it will be for one primary reason - Android. Android is an OS that is capable of running on "smartphone hardware" and everything I've seen suggests that Android is a far more capable system than Chrome OS.

And that for me is the question. So you want to build cheap, small "smartbooks." What does Chrome OS really bring to the table? Why not just use Android? It could still be browser centric, while at least allowing for more significant local storage and application support. I'd venture to guess that it would not be too difficult to bring a desktop-like browser to Android assuming sufficient hardware.

I hope I'm wrong - I think Chrome OS as an idea sounds neat - and I'm interested to see what it brings to the table. But as of now, it looks like these smartbooks will be less capable than my Droid... and if that's the case, what's the point?

Microsoft should be afraid, very afraid. This is a direct challenge to its monopoly and bread and butter businesses.

What you MS fanboys fail to understand is that for many people, just surfing the net is all they really need. They don't need last generation graphics, photoshop and gaming. They only use a computer for Facebook, watch videos, email and surfing around. Do you really need Windows for that? If the price is right (sub $100) - it will be a hit.

Frankenchrist said,
What you MS fanboys fail to understand is that for many people, just surfing the net is all they really need. They don't need last generation graphics, photoshop and gaming. They only use a computer for Facebook, watch videos, email and surfing around. Do you really need Windows for that? If the price is right (sub $100) - it will be a hit.

Then why make two OSes that do the same thing? If all you do is surf the web then why wouldn't android be enough?

Frankenchrist said,
What you MS fanboys fail to understand is that for many people, just surfing the net is all they really need. They don't need last generation graphics, photoshop and gaming. They only use a computer for Facebook, watch videos, email and surfing around.

You're right, I forgot about those ~500 people worldwide.

PotatoJ said,
The internet is bigger than you think.

I wasn't talking about the internet, i was talking about the people that do just im, mail and fb.

Frankenchrist said,
What you MS fanboys fail to understand is that for many people, just surfing the net is all they really need. They don't need last generation graphics, photoshop and gaming. They only use a computer for Facebook, watch videos, email and surfing around. Do you really need Windows for that? If the price is right (sub $100) - it will be a hit.

Why is everyone who is against anything always an "MS fanboy"? The truth here is that why do we need two operating systems (OR a new OS at all)? We have Windows, we have Mac, we have Linux, we have iOS, and we have Android.

Worse yet, there is no local storage! EVEYTHING get's synced to a Google server somewhere in Never-Never Land.

TDT said,

You're right, I forgot about those ~500 people worldwide.

Man! You REALLY need to get outside those 4 walls you obviously are confined to. There's probably more than those 500 people right here on Neowin!!

I see no use for this thing.

warwagon said,
The Chrome OS is the most pathetic excuse for an OS I have ever seen. It's not an OS it's a standalone web browser.

No. It's an OS and a browser. Without an OS, you wouldn't be able to interact with the browser, or the browser interact with the hardware.

People these days forget what an OS is. They just think it's a matter of bundled software. Well. Yeah. That's what everything but the core OS is.

Northgrove said,
No. It's an OS and a browser. Without an OS, you wouldn't be able to interact with the browser, or the browser interact with the hardware.
He's not literally saying there's nothing but a browser involved. He's saying there appears to be little to it except the web browser.

I really don't understand why is this called an OS. It's a damn browser with bookmarks. Why would anyone be satisfied with (or need) this is beyond me...

TDT said,
I really don't understand why is this called an OS. It's a damn browser with bookmarks. Why would anyone be satisfied with (or need) this is beyond me...

Haha, I can't do anything but agree with you. I have no idea whatsoever why anyone would want this. A netbook-like computer running Android I can understand, but Chrome OS? No.

TDT said,
I really don't understand why is this called an OS. It's a damn browser with bookmarks. Why would anyone be satisfied with (or need) this is beyond me...

The browser run on top of an OS. It's not just a browser. It's just that the OS is out of your way.

Northgrove said,

The browser run on top of an OS. It's not just a browser. It's just that the OS is out of your way.

For all intents and purposes the browser is the operating system in the case of Chrome OS. Usability pretty much ceases beyond that single browser window.

TDT said,
I really don't understand why is this called an OS. It's a damn browser with bookmarks. Why would anyone be satisfied with (or need) this is beyond me...
You don't 'get it', do you? The point IS to be a browser, because that's what 90% of the time, the computer is used for.

PotatoJ said,
You don't 'get it', do you? The point IS to be a browser, because that's what 90% of the time, the computer is used for.

Really?? Says who?! Are you forgetting about local stuff, like games, offline software, etc.? And, to ask what others have asked before, what the hell do you do when you have no Internet access, or it's down for several ours, or in other similar situations? Come on...

Google should release a desktop version of their Chrome OS. It could be very interesting, a Ubuntu for new decade and it could also finally spread linux into the masses..

6205 said,
Google should release a desktop version of their Chrome OS. It could be very interesting, a Ubuntu for new decade and it could also finally spread linux into the masses..

Why would you gimp a desktop with that crap?

6205 said,
Google should release a desktop version of their Chrome OS. It could be very interesting, a Ubuntu for new decade and it could also finally spread linux into the masses..

I have no idea whatsoever why I would want to run something as limited as Chrome OS on my 27-inch iMac with Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB of memory. Seems like an awful way of wasting good hardware.

"which is a device slightly smaller than a netbook"

How does one interact with Chrome OS? Just how small is the keyboard, or is there an onscreen one? Does it support touch screens? (Genuine questions, I don't know the answer)

I would like to see more screenshots and at a higher resolution, so it's more clear what it looks like and how the whole operating system is, as a whole.

I've not seen many, yet.

Calum said,
at a higher resolution
If these are to run on something smaller than a netbook, I don't think higher resolution than the example above makes sense (or could occur).

Calum said,
I would like to see more screenshots and at a higher resolution, so it's more clear what it looks like and how the whole operating system is, as a whole.

I've not seen many, yet.

That is the operating system as a whole a browser. With a few googles apps no offline file managment or desktop or anything.

Kirkburn said,
If these are to run on something smaller than a netbook, I don't think higher resolution than the example above makes sense (or could occur).

Good point. I mean larger photos, so I can see more detail (e.g. read the time in the top right corner).

Sylar2010 said,

That is the operating system as a whole a browser. With a few googles apps no offline file managment or desktop or anything.


I realise that, but I mean I'd like to see screenshots of a few different apps running, different websites showing, how one accesses files etc.

Auzeras said,
Can you get this on non-google hardware? as in install it in other notebooks/desktops.

maybe not officially but you've been able to get builds of chromeos for quite a while...

I can understand these being good for basic browsing and word processing however, anything more and it will be rather useless.

ryan9523 said,
will this support regular chrome/chromium browser extensions?
Yes. Chrome browser extensions are written in Javascript. It is a scripting language which is not platform specific.

Sounds to me like a direct competition to the iPad except they actually market it as what it is rather than a tablet.

Xenosion said,
Sounds to me like a direct competition to the iPad except they actually market it as what it is rather than a tablet.

What exactly is your point? last time i checked all the ipad competition were marketed as what they where too...

Leonick said,

What exactly is your point? last time i checked all the ipad competition were marketed as what they where too...

It's an observation..that they are calling these devices smartbooks and not tablets like Apple says their iPad is.

I didn't think what I said was overly complicated.

Xenosion said,

It's an observation..that they are calling these devices smartbooks and not tablets like Apple says their iPad is.

I didn't think what I said was overly complicated.

It actually is very overly complicated since no one would see this and think it is a tablet yet your statement implies that people would... Its more like (or IS) a netbook and that is different from an iPad (which, btw Apple says is a Slate not a Tablet IIRC).

Shadrack said,

It actually is very overly complicated since no one would see this and think it is a tablet yet your statement implies that people would... Its more like (or IS) a netbook and that is different from an iPad (which, btw Apple says is a Slate not a Tablet IIRC).


Except..by what has been described the Chrome OS devices are very much similar to the iPad which is why I stated they are seemingly in direct competition. Yet, they call these Chrome OS devices smartbooks while the iPad is said to be a few things such as:

"A Magical and Revolutionary Device" - http://www.apple.com/ipad/
"Tablet PC" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad

Slate PC is synonymous with Tablet. So thank you for proving my point.

Xenosion said,

Except..by what has been described the Chrome OS devices are very much similar to the iPad which is why I stated they are seemingly in direct competition. Yet, they call these Chrome OS devices smartbooks while the iPad is said to be a few things such as:

"A Magical and Revolutionary Device" - http://www.apple.com/ipad/
"Tablet PC" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad

Slate PC is synonymous with Tablet. So thank you for proving my point.

Did you just use Wikipedia as a source?! LOL! Your research paper would have been shredded.

asdavis10 said,

Did you just use Wikipedia as a source?! LOL! Your research paper would have been shredded.


How incredibly useful your post is. Who do you think edits Apple's page? Oh yeah Apple.

I think id rather get a netbook and install linux on it tbh. chrome os seems all well and good but i like to do other things with my pc that just browse the internet.

MurrayB said,
I think id rather get a netbook and install linux on it tbh. chrome os seems all well and good but i like to do other things with my pc that just browse the internet.

+1

MurrayB said,
I think id rather get a netbook and install linux on it tbh. chrome os seems all well and good but i like to do other things with my pc that just browse the internet.
If the ChromeOS that's available as a Live CD ISO on http://www.getchrome.eu is the real thing and not the stuff which the original previews showed, I completely agree with you.

unless they come out for like $99 - 150 i don't see how anyone is gonna make the decision to get one when win7 based netbooks sell for just above 250

Co_Co said,
unless they come out for like $99 - 150 i don't see how anyone is gonna make the decision to get one when win7 based netbooks sell for just above 250

yeah but the netbooks which are running widows 7 are slow, by them running chrome OS it will be much more convenient for the user.

Python96 said,

yeah but the netbooks which are running widows 7 are slow, by them running chrome OS it will be much more convenient for the user.

I have an Eee PC running Windows 7 Ultimate and it works perfectly fine. It depends purely on the kind of net book it is, if you go with a good model then you won't have any problems.