Internet search engine giant Google on Thursday announced the launch of Chromebooks, a Chrome- operating system-based notebook PC without traditional programs or a desktop. It will be available online from June 15, in a move that could affect the market share of existing players like Microsoft and Apple.
In a Chromebook, tasks such as installing software, running anti-virus checks and data back-up would be handled by the always-on cloud services offered by Google.
Cloud computing services can be broadly defined as virtual servers available over the Internet. “These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook, you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds,” Google said in a statement.
Applications, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever the user is. Chromebooks, made by Samsung and Acer, will be available online from June 15 in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain, Google Inc said, adding that more countries will follow in the coming months.
Youngsters are looking forward to the introduction. “I think it’s a very innovative idea. It’ll free me of the burden of installing and uninstalling programs, which is a constant hassle,” says Neeti Kler, a 17-year-old. Puneet Malik, a Gurgaon-based writer, says, “The whole desktop maintaining and application upgrading is a tedious process. So, I think this is great.”
For the last two years, Google has been advocating its Chrome operating system as an alternative to Windows. Chromebook’s other features include long battery life, optional 3G and many layers of security built in, so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. “They bring you all of Chrome’s speed and security without the headaches of operating systems designed 20 to 30 years ago,” the Google spokesperson said.
Chromebook tech specs
The Samsung version features a 12.1” 1280x800 display, 8.5 hr battery life, built in dual-band Wi-Fi, optional 3G, an HD webcam, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 memory card slot, mini VGA port, and an oversize trackpad .The smaller, cheaper Acer Chromebook has an 11.6-inch LED display, 6 hr battery life, dual-band Wi-Fi, optional 3G, a HD webcam, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 memory card slot, and an oversize trackpad.
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