When the Google first talked about the Chromebook last December, it seemed to be a beta laptop. But today, the company announced the service and it sounds like it is also an operating system.
According to Google’s website: “Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.”
Chromebooks is based in the cloud. According to the above video: “Chromebook runs web apps, which are delivered instantly from servers in the cloud. So you never need to load anything on your Chromebooks and when an apps are updated, it happens behind the scenes in the cloud without you having to do anything.”
Google isn’t saying much about if they will sell a Google-branded Chromebook, but they are collecting email addresses for people that want to begin ordering theirs on June 15th.
Samsung and Acer are both launching notebooks this summer that will run Google’s Chrome OS this summer in the U.S. and six European countries. Giagaom has more: “Acer’s Chromebook will start at $349, and Samsung’s model will be priced $429 for its WiFi model and $499 for a model with 3G connectivity. The devices will go on sale on June 15 and will be available online in the U.S. through Amazon.com and Best Buy’s online store.”
It sounds like a cool OS for backing up content in the cloud without having to sync devices, but they’ll have a tough time convincing OSX and Android users to migrate to a completely new operating system. Updating really isn’t a big deal in my opinion and with all of the data breaches of late –Sony, Facebook, etc. — I am wary of storing all of my data in a cloud.
What do you think?