Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome OS’

Expect Google Chrome OS for Notebooks on June 15th at Best Buy and Amazon and why not about tables

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

After a long wait, Google has announced that the first Chrome OS-based notebooks will be available for order at Amazon and Best Buy on June 15. The devices, built by Samsung and Acer, respectively, offer a lightweight notebook style. Acer’s option comes with an 11.6-inch HD display and 6 hours of battery life. It’s running the Intel Atom processor. Samsung’s notebook, on the other hand, features a 12.1-inch display and boasts 8.5 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Like Acer’s option, Samsung’s platform runs the Intel Atom processor, and includes an HD Webcam. Though recent reports suggest that Google might eventually bring Chrome OS to tablets, for now, the company’s plan is to offer its latest operating system only on lightweight notebooks, in spite of the rapid rise of tablet sales and wide speculation that users are choosing to buy tablets instead of notbooks. Why did Google choose notebooks over tablets to run Chrome OS? And perhaps most importantly, was it a good idea? The second question won’t be answered for months. Here’s why Google spurned tablets and chose notebooks for Chrome OS.