Introducing: Google ChromeBooks
Google is here again with another innovation. Google has decided to build their own OS called the Chrome OS which is extremely similar to their Google Chrome browser. The ChromeBook has been in the works for quite a while now but Google recently announced that it will be releasing the ChromeBooks for sale on June 15th.
The ChromeBook is aimed at quick boot times; it boasts of a 10-second start-up time and wakes up from sleep in about 3 seconds. The reason for the quick boot times is the ability for the Chrome OS to run in the “Cloud”. The ChromeBook is going to be run solely in the “Cloud” and so without a Wi-Fi connection, the ChromeBook cannot really be used. All of your files and folders will be stored in a Cloud Drive which is similar to how Google Docs works. There are also versions of the ChromeBook that will feature with 3G and with that you are never out of touch with the web which is where all the work on the ChromeBook is done. Google tells us that since it is constantly connected to the web, it will constantly update itself with the most recent definitions Google writes.
The ChromeBooks will be rolling out from two manufacturers: Samsung and Acer. Each of them will come with their own different technical specs but will run the same OS. The ChromeBooks are aimed at business professionals and schools. They will have a retail price starting at about $499, but corporations and schools will pay $30/month and $20/month for 36 months, making it more available to the public.
The idea of computers built strictly for the web is totally new and interesting. How far do you think Google can take this? Will it become very widespread? Do you think it will make it to and succeed in Nigeria? Tell us your thoughts below.