As expected, Google has announced yesterday, Tuesday the operating system "Chrome OS" and a first, including running netbook. While Chrome OS is to be completed only in the first half of 2011, the first so-tipped device will be available already in the near future.
It is a netbook with the name "CR-48", which is only available to interested developers in the United States. The device has a 12.1 inch display, a full-size keyboard and a wireless LAN and UMTS module. In a conventional hard drives or optical drives have to give those interested, information is stored on a flash memory of unknown type and size. The device, which "CR 48" from an unspecified Atom processor from Intel.
For Chrome OS itself, there were few news. The strengths of the system should be high speed, security and personalization via Google account. The security should be on one side by encrypting the user data, on the other side of the protection of the operating system kernel and the partitioning of applications from the rest of the system ("sandbox") warrants.
Although there before Google that every Chrome OS device via Wi-Fi "n" and a UMTS module needs, but the device can be used without a data connection. For this purpose, the necessary data and programs are stored locally, a comparison with the "cloud" will take place on the next connection to the Internet.
Programs comes from the yesterday launched "Google Web Store" downloaded. Runs these apps are not only Chrome OS, but also on other devices that are equipped with compatible browsers. This is made possible through the use of known techniques from the internet Flash or WebGL. Right now in the web store 500 programs are available, including a computer-base app. Installed programs are the same as the operating system automatically supplied with updates.
For the future, many developers have announced applications and games, including Electronic Arts, for example. Currently, most programs are available free of charge, paid can only be purchased through "Google Checkout".
First commercially available devices are expected in mid-2011 , including Acer and Samsung.Hardware required to include in addition to the above data connections, a TPM chip and an Intel processor. The parallel install of Chrome OS and other operating systems should work except for the "CR-48" in any other device.