Old Netbooks Won’t Be Able to Run Chrome OS
By now you’ve probably heard about the biggest buzz made by Google today. Their much anticipated Google Chrome OS was officially announced. But no, the Chrome OS itself is not yet available. In fact, it won’t be available for consumers, at least for a year starting today. What was announced is the Google Chrome Open Source Project geared for developers so that they can start making cool applications or even their own OS based on the Chrome OS.
Amidst the announcements and interviews, Google’s VP for product management Sundar Pichai made some points that relates to netbooks and the implementation of the Chrome OS once it is available to consumers.
One main point made by Pichai was something about current netbook users will not be able to download Chrome OS on their existing netboks. Google will specify the requirements of the netbook that will run Chrome OS and users will need to buy it.
Pichai also said that Chrome OS netbooks will run on both X86 and ARM chips. And these netbooks will be most likely available same time as today next year. Google will require netbook makers to deliver slightly larger netbooks than what are currently available. Perhaps even with full-sized keyboards and bigger touch pads.
What Pichai didn’t mention or even hinted is whether there will be a Google co-branded netbooks like what they did we the Android phone.
So, there you go. It’s still a long time to go before we see the first netbook running on the Chrome OS.
via CNET News