Google Chrome operating system’s first appearance scheduled
While Google is remaining mum about all the details, I’ve learned that they will be demonstrating the new Linux-based Chrome desktop operating system on Thursday, November 19th.
At this point, I don’t even know if they’ll be releasing it as a beta, although that would be pretty silly of them just to show it off and not let people get their hands on it. Still, that may prove to be the case. According to a Google public relations representative, “While this will be more of a technical announcement, we will be showing a few demos that will definitely be of interest to you as well as a complete overview and our launch plans for next year.”
Last week’s rumors that Chrome would actually be launched in 2009 have been revealed as clearly wrong. But while we may not have Google Chrome for Christmas, it appears we will get it sometime in 2010.
What exactly will Chrome be like when it does arrive? We don’t know yet. What we do know is that Google Chrome OS will initially be targeted at netbooks. The plan has always been that it will be available pre-installed on both ARM and x86-powered netbooks. It will also be available as a downloadable and installable operating system.
One major PC vendor, Lenovo, has already committed to selling a 3G wireless connected netbook that will use Google’s Linux-based Android. It should be easy for them to also deploy Chrome on the same package. Numerous other hardware vendors, such as Acer, ASUS, Hewlett-Packard, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba have committed to releasing netbooks with Chrome.