Possible Chrome OS shots leak out [Fake]

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It didn't take long after Google announced its entrance into the operating system wars that the first photos have leaked onto the net. What you are able to see below are shots of the Chrome desktop with one application installed, Google Talk. It's not yet clear whether these screen shots are 100% legit.

The author cites that it took approximately ten minutes to install the OS on a Acer Extensa 4620Z laptop and it required only 1 restart. Approximate reboot cycle time from desktop to desktop took about 25 seconds and was described as "amazingly fast" but this was a stripped down beta to show off to developers. The Chrome button on the bottom left of the "Chrome Bar" acts like a start button that most are familiar with in Windows. Digging through system files can be done in two modes, "exploration" which is like windows file system or "browser" which is search based.

There is a long time between now and when the final production version of Chrome will be ready for public consumption. The target time frame is the second half of 2010 which gives Google plenty of time to fine tune and develop the OS into a full fledged competitor to Windows and OS X.

Chrome OS has been stated to be targeted for Netbooks and other low spec laptops. It wouldn't be too hard to image that this OS will eventually be ported to all main stream products and could one day be used on desktops.

Update: This is now confirmed fake by the admission from the author.




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Sorry, But why are you guys all basing this like its final? :S since when was GUI and themes top priotity from the go when making an OS?

I doubt these pics are real. I am curious to see what happens, but I think Google needs to be cautious here. They're treading into some potentially monopolistic territory here...

That is most certainly not an Acer office coffee table - that's something you're most likely to find in a rented house.. this strikes me as being a total fake - come on.. they only announced the project yesterday, it's hardly already "in beta" phase.. since when has anyone used "Private Developer Beta" as a production phase anyway?

I shout FAKE on this one.

People took to the Chrome browser because it was different to all the others.
This screenshot doesn't look any different to the various microsoft/linux distributions (therefore probably fake).

A google OS has been a long time coming, they've been denying it for years saying there's no need, so I wouldn't expect to see anything short of revolutionary.

Probably fake, but the real thing could easily look as crappy as that as of now.

Look at moblin: v1 was just xfce, and they didn't add all the clutter goodness until v2ux.

Huh... I don't like these screenshots, but they're basically all the same XD
I'm not ready to switch from my Mac, but I'll make sure to read the hands-on about this OS

NeoandGeo said,
Microsoft may force Apple to introduce a netbook for less than $1,500 much to the dismay of Steve Jobs. :(

Yeah, good point, except that Apple are one of the only companies making money hand over fist, despite the economy. Yeah, MS are going to FORCE apple to do absolutely nothing, while MS seem to be the ones copying apple with the Zune, Zune touch, xbox...

yes, it looks a bit doggy but remember it is on early beta so no can or shall have pretty piece of work just fresh off the table. give them time and do not be so arrogant.

Is nobody else concerned that Google with have a stake in almost every single tech market now? I personally am getting sick of Google everything.

darkmanx21 said,
I hear you on that. Anti-trust? Alghough, they do have some great ideas..


Me too, how come google get away with plugging their toolbars into any single app on the market such as real player etc etc, yet if microsoft do one little thing they get sued to kingdom come?

Im no where near a microsoft fan boy or anything, but it really is annoying.

The regulation committee should look at other people / companies out there for a change.

Chrono951 said,
Is nobody else concerned that Google with have a stake in almost every single tech market now? I personally am getting sick of Google everything.

Yeah, why can't the be more like Microsoft, who only have a stake in OS, Development Tools, Servers, Office applications, SMB, SMS, ipods, mobile OS, mouse, keyboards, hardware, games, gaming applications..... I could go on.

The fact is, when a company like MS, Google, Apple have huge piles of money, they can either give it back to stockholders, or they can invest in new markets.

"What do people do with netbooks? Surf the web, send email, take notes, do some light word processing work? This is the perfect market for a lightweight, fast, instant-on OS. That's what they're after."

Just wait till somebody tries to sync an iPod with ChromeOS netbook...

Source...

HAHAHA so so true

dimithrak said,
Just wait till somebody tries to sync an iPod with ChromeOS netbook...

Bundle the Linux pod libraries + gtkpod or whatever -> problem solved.

excalpius said,
Oh yeah, home users are going to be doing that...riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

No, google does that. Did you miss the "bundle" part?

dtomilson said,
Is Google allowed to include a web-browser, media player and IM client with their OS?
Monopoly!@#@!#@!#@!#@ :p

It is easy to answer these questions, I am not sure why they get asked in every single discussion?

Does ______ have a Monopoly in OSs?
Has _____ abused that Monopoly illegally, for many years, in many different cases?

If the answer to both of these is yes, then no, google won't be able to do that!

Google has the resources and ability to make a great OS. We need to revolutionize UI, cause even if you look across OSX, Windows and Linux, it's all still the same deal.

Oh ya, totally fake or else Google should be ashamed. Looks like a poorly made Linux distro.

Hmm... yeah, the screens might be fake, but it's not bad. I could see them expanding the desktop to the cloud... actually, Microsoft's already doing that with Live Mesh. If Google took that sort of idea and implemented it into an OS... well, that could work.

I think it looks clean and simple.. exactly what a average consumer is looking for. Something to chat with, internet browser and a couple of applications.. PERFECT!

Since it won't run Windows applications, games, or any serious PC software, I'd have to disagree with you there.

It'll be as useful as Linux...in other words, web browsing, web mail, and file sharing.

Oh, ah, the crowd goes wild...ahem.

It expect it will also be as bland and ugly as everything else Google designs, so another big negative there.

If it's open source, however, maybe that will open the door to people adding customization capabilities. That would be very welcome.

It expect it will also be as bland and ugly as everything else Google designs, so another big negative there.

If it's open source, however, maybe that will open the door to people adding customization capabilities. That would be very welcome.

excalpius said,
Since it won't run Windows applications, games, or any serious PC software, I'd have to disagree with you there.

It'll be as useful as Linux...in other words, web browsing, web mail, and file sharing.

Oh, ah, the crowd goes wild...ahem.

Yeah good point, except Linux does run all those applications... oh yeah, facts, don't you just hate those!!!

Just as we see people moving to netbooks, we may see people wanting something simple and cheaper in their os as well.

excalpius said,
It expect it will also be as bland and ugly as everything else Google designs, so another big negative there.

If it's open source, however, maybe that will open the door to people adding customization capabilities. That would be very welcome.

mate, that didn't deserve to be said once, let alone twice. And maybe they should take a page out of MS amazing design book, release a brown version!!!

LOL. They should hand out complimentary bottles of O2 when people enter a thread like this. Everyone is hyperventilating or foaming at the mouth. Take a deep breath folks.

No way is this legitimate... For a start since when have Google used that combination of colours in their logo? 'G' has always been blue, 'o' has always been red, the second 'o' always yellow etc. I know Chrome OS will be based on the Linux kernel but to me this looks like someone has taken a version of Linux, perhaps Ubuntu, carelessly put together a logo as a wallpaper, and modified the Linux 'panels' to appear as they do in the photos, which is entirely possible. Anyone with a vague knowledge of Ubuntu could replicate that in about ten minutes :P

It is FAKE. Google logo`s colours are scrambled. and this "Private Developer Beta" should not have been coloured, and it is LOL. Google Chrome OS vs. Microsoft Gazelle Browser ^^

No kidding. Google's multicolored logo is simply that. Their products or whatever never get the same coloring, much less the same font even.

I'm never one to usually jump out and say, "FAKE!" but my god... this is simply too hard to take it seriously. Brad man, what were ya thinking?

darkmanx21 said,
Chrome "OS" is not going against Windows "OS" and "OS" X? Hard not to be a competitor when you have OS in your name.

Really? Windows Mobile isn't competing against any of them. It's competing against Android, Symbian, OS X Mobile, etc. How is this any different?

They serve completely different purposes.

Silverskull said,
Really? Windows Mobile isn't competing against any of them. It's competing against Android, Symbian, OS X Mobile, etc. How is this any different?

They serve completely different purposes.

Yet a computer shipping with ChromeOS, even if it's a netbook, is one computer that doesn't bundle windows7.

Google is targeting a certain type of user with a certain kind of computer, but it's still a computer anyway and the OEM would probably have installed windows otherwise.

And it's no different than the ARM based netbooks that ship with some other version of Linux already? Quite frankly, this is entering a market that OEMs have wanted MS to put windows into for quite some time, lightweight ARM powered systems. But MS hasn't, though they have WinCE, and by extension WinMo that do support that hardware. Still, MS left that space open and that's why *nix distros are finding a foothold in it. Google is the same.

Now if Win7 ran on ARM, at least for me, the choice would be clear.

GP007 said,
And it's no different than the ARM based netbooks that ship with some other version of Linux already?

It's, if anything, not different to netbooks that ship with Linux, as ChromeOS is not limited to ARM netbooks.
MS has done anything but leaving the space open in the x86 netbook area.

ichi said,

Yet a computer shipping with ChromeOS, even if it's a netbook, is one computer that doesn't bundle windows7.

Google is targeting a certain type of user with a certain kind of computer, but it's still a computer anyway and the OEM would probably have installed windows otherwise.

I think the point, at least early on, maybe to ship it with google os, and windows 7. People who want to start using their computer instantly, for simple stuff with go to google os. Then, when they discover that google os does everything they want, they press a button and it will erase w7, freeing up a lot more space.

cakesy said,

I think the point, at least early on, maybe to ship it with google os, and windows 7. People who want to start using their computer instantly, for simple stuff with go to google os. Then, when they discover that google os does everything they want, they press a button and it will erase w7, freeing up a lot more space.

But then you are paying an OS license you'll probably never use. The price bump would be quite noticeable on a netbook.

darkmanx21 said,
This is supposed to get me excited? Hahaha! Please, one application?

Sorry, unfortunately not all the news at Neowin is made specifically for you to read and get excited from.

But the news about Chrome OS is for everyone, right? I was commenting on the pictures and the one application and how they didn't get me excited. Nice job of over-reacting..

darkmanx21 said,
This is supposed to get me excited?...

You make it sound like they were meant to make you excited. If anyone is overreacting, its you

darkmanx21 said,
But the news about Chrome OS is for everyone, right? I was commenting on the pictures and the one application and how they didn't get me excited. Nice job of over-reacting..

Same could be said to you mate.

Why is it so hard to believe that someone could get 4 pictures from different angles in one minute? There are actually only two different angles shown too, not too hard to achieve even with a camera phone.

Michael Jacob said,
it's bad

Oh yes, I am sure we can all expect some objective opinions here at neowin.

Even if this wasn't fake, it is an early mockup.

Most likely fake.

And on top of that it's not meant to be a competitor to Windows on the desktop - it's meant to be an alternative OS for netbooks with high connectivity integrated with Google products.

It's also targeting ARM processor netbooks, from what I remember. An area that MS hasn't moved Windows into outside of WinCE/WinMo.

But maybe this will make MS release a updated WinCE version for the really low end ARM powered netbooks.

daPhoenix said,
Most likely fake.

And on top of that it's not meant to be a competitor to Windows on the desktop - it's meant to be an alternative OS for netbooks with high connectivity integrated with Google products.


I personally think this is Google thinking outside netbooks and more into the future of cloud computing. In the future physical media will die (let me say a long way into the future) and I believe nearly everything will be stored in a cloud. Games will be served from servers hundreds of miles away doing away with the need for local graphics cards. Music will be streamed from content servers, the same with films and photos. Applications will run and be served over the internet. It is going to take an evolutionary step of the web browser and local OS as well as a boost in the infrastructure that makes up the backbone of the internet for this to happen.

Ultimately computing will change in the next 10-20 years. This Chrome OS is just Google getting in very early down that path.

Scorbing, are you retarded?
They're not expecting you to jump ship from Windows, this is a lightweight OS that can be used along side your main OS or for on cheap netbooks where 99% of your activities are internet based.

Ambroos said,
It's actually just a browser with browser apps, nothing special about it.

That sounds pretty special to me. The fact that it boots in seconds, and shuts down properly, and is simple will mean it has less bugs/problems than windows. As long as it has all the features most people want.

Great to see someone developing a decent OS, apart from apple that is