Google I/O: the Chrome universe to be extended to Chromebook
Google has dedicated a second day of their Google I/O conference to Chrome. Both the browser and operating system will be installed on Chromebook’s to be available from the 15th of June.
After Android, Google has now spent the second day of their conference on Chrome, starting with the web browser. Google has claimed that they now have 160 million users operating this web browser, compared to 70 million a year ago.
This possibility appeared in Google Chrome 11, with all users able to experiment with the service by going to Google translation (click on the microphone). To develop this, you simply have to add two lines of code to a Web application.
In terms of hardware acceleration, Google Chrome has made some improvements to compete with the fluidness of Microsoft’s FishIE Tank. This is at least the case in the development version of the browser – be it with Canvas 2D or the even more impressive WebGL.
Chrome Web Store
To provide more applications to the browser, the Chrome Web Store should become available in 41 languages and all countries. This could be a source of revenue for developers, with Google also pointing out there will be an in-app payment option. This was also a good occasion to aim some criticism at Apple, as Google only touches a 5% commission on commercial applications compared to 30% for Apple.
In this Chrome Web Store, the must have game Angry Birds is available and is compatible with the web browser. It is also able to handle WebGL and Canvas in addition to hardware acceleration. The full game can be played offline and comes with levels exclusive to Chrome.
Chrome OS and Chromebook
Google Chrome is also the base on which Chrome OS is built, with the operating system being "nothing but the web" aimed at netbooks as it provides numerous advantages according to Google: instant booting, permanent connections (Wi-Fi and 3G), long life batteries, access to the same user interface from any device (Cloud storage), encrypted data, always up to date systems and sandbox.
Since the presentation made at the end of 2010, no real news has been provided about the Cr-48 testing phase which will provide numerous improvements, even though the interface seems to be bare it is nevertheless capable of manipulating files from the manager.
Connecting a SD card allows you to directly send photos into the Cloud. It is possible to select the ones you want and send them directly to Picasa to that your albums are automatically updated. In the same way, a link to Google Docs can be developed for the documents. A multimedia player allows you to play audio and video files, while Google has also reminded everyone that they recently launched Music Beta in the USA.
Other third party services can also be directly connected to Chrome OS via API’s, with Google insisting that more and more applications added to the Chrome Web Store can function offline (in the same way as Angry Birds).
Finally, the big announcement made was that about the availability of a Chrome OS netbook. The Chromebook will be available from the 15th of June in numerous countries. The Chromebook Samsung will be 12.1 inches in size and will retail between 429 and 499 dollars (3G option), while the 11.6 inch Chromebook Acer will sell for 349 dollars. Both devices are able to start in 8 seconds. 3G will be an optional extra to be provided by various carriers.
Companies will be able to subscribe to a dedicated program for 28 dollars a month for the hardware and software. In the same way, students will be able to rent a Chromebook for 20 dollars per months.
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