Google Chrome OS

Introducing The Google Chrome OS

7/07/2009 09:37:00 PM

It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.

We have a lot of work to do, and we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision. We’re excited for what’s to come and we hope you are too. Stay tuned for more updates in the fall and have a great summer.

Via Google Blog

This is definitely interesting. ^^,  Lets see what changes can the Google Chrome OS brings about. Would definitely love to see some new concept.

On a side note, for those of you who haven’t already try out the Google Chrome browser, I think you should give it a spin. It has a really simple interface which is one of the main reason why I love it. And it is one of the most secure browser as of today. ^^, You can read about it here : Chrome is the last browser standing at Pwn2Own hacking competition.

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1 Response to “Google Chrome OS”


  1. 1 迷你倉 July 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Google has plans for its own personal computer operating system, the company’s official blog has announced, setting up another clash between the Internet search king and software giant Microsoft.

    ”We’re announcing a new project,” said the Mountain View, California-based company, revealing the system would be based on Google’s Chrome browser and would be an open source operating system initially targeted at netbooks.

    The move is ”our attempt to rethink what operating systems should be,” Google said.

    The search engine giant said it will open source the code for ”Chrome OS” for user input and that netbooks running the system will be available by the middle of next year.

    ”Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds,” the company said.

    Google noted that in deciding to embark on the new track, they took heed of its user messages, namely that ”computers need to get better.”

    People ”want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them,” and they want to access the internet instantly, Google said, adding that “we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision.”

    The Chrome browser was originally launched in September but has failed to enjoy the spectacular success of Google’s search engine.

    The company floated its first US television advertisements in recent months for Chrome, as the browser has only captured a tiny share of a market dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

    Microsoft’s freshly launched search engine Bing, meanwhile, aimed to hit back at Google’s gains in the search market, although it still lags behind its rival.

    Web analytics firm StatCounter said last week that Bing had carved out an 8.23 percent share of the US search market last month, up from 7.21 percent in April and 7.81 percent in May.

    By contrast, however, Google continued to dominate the search market with a huge 78.48 percent share last month.

    Google already has an operating system, Android, but the company said in its announcement that while there was some overlap, they were separate entities.

    Android is only used for mobile phones at the moment, but the software has showcased Google’s keen interest in expanding beyond its search engine base.

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