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Google's Chrome OS came close to being labeled vaporeware after its highly publicized initial announcement, at least by some. But at Google, there was never any doubt about its future. Just as they have done with the Chrome Web browser, Google has poured tons of resources into Chrome OS. It's a radical system, no matter how you slice it. It's the world's first commercially available desktop operating system that relies almost entirely in the cloud. That alone takes a moment to digest. This whole thing started last year with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a select group of early adopters (around 65,000 machines) who put the very first Chrome OS... Read more...
Well, if there's one way to really showcase your product, it's doing something radical to get it in the hands of consumers. And this, is radical. Virgin America has just teamed up with Google (and presumably, Samsung) in order to get Series 5 Chromebooks onto Virgin America flights. The test run gives flyers the ability to "test-fly" the Chromebook with no charge. From July 1-September 30, 2011, Virgin America flyers will have the exclusive chance to check out a Chromebook at their departure airport gate and take the new notebook computer out for a spin onboard select Virgin America flights. In addition, flyers who check out a Chromebook will receive a free WiFi session onboard Virgin America... Read more...
Last month at Google I/O 2011, a pair of commercial Chromebooks were introduced. The Samsung Series 5, and the Acer AC700. As of yesterday, only one of those had started to ship to customers, and that award went to Samsung. But now, Acer's playing catch-up. The company just announced that their AC700 Chromebook would be shipping to the US by the end of this month, bringing their first taste of Chrome OS stateside. It's only the first in a planned series of Chrome OS notebooks. It offers Wi-Fi, optional 3G, a 10-second boot time, "always-on" footprint and easily access to Gmail, Google Docs and Calendar, and a host of other Google apps. Acer claims that their machine will last up to six hours... Read more...
Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model (£399 in the UK). They will also be available in other countries over the next few months. Outside of being available elsewhere (and probably sporting a different AC adapter and a few different keys), the machine is identical to the US counterpart. Still, getting a new OS into this many new nations should do great things for adoption, and the real question... Read more...
Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple of weeks ago, now's your chance to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon. Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook is available at Best Buy and Amazon.com, and will set you back $430 if all you want is Wi-Fi connectivity, or $500 if you want the 3G radio. The relatively high price (compared to low end 15.6-inch notebooks) will put Google's Chrome OS to the test. The Chromebook... Read more...
In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation, who filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the search giant is infringing the trademark for its ChromimumPC Modular Computer. The suit not only wants all companies involved to stop marketing the Chromebook and Chromebox PC products, but also seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Google and its partners... Read more...
Ever wondered what was deep, deep within a Chrome OS-based machine? Google's Cr-48 has been cracked open before, but what about the newest duo? Acer and Samsung announced their respective Chromebooks at Google I/O this year, and a few of the earlier ones have started to ship out. The Series 5 3G Chromebook has fallen into the hands of the folks at iFixit, which have never turned down the chance to crack open a product for the sake of doing so. And, truthfully, for the sake of uncovering the specifics underneath. It's always interesting to take a look at what makes certain things tick, and Samsung's first Chromebook is no different. The Series 5 looks fairly easy to crack open, but there's a few... Read more...
In what's likely a hint of things to come, limited quantities of Samsung's Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS went on sale yesterday a full two weeks ahead of the official launch and quickly sold out. The Chrome Team sent out emails to select users with a link to the Gilt Groupe, an online retailer that offers instant access to top designer labels at big discounts. Gilt doesn't often deal with tech, but apparently worked out a deal to deliver a select number of trendy Chromebooks. If you didn't receive an email, you can still get through by registering here. Unfortunately, whatever stock Gilt had is now depleted, though you can add your name to the "Wait List" in case more units become available.... Read more...
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