Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Google Unveils New Chrome OS, Chromeook and Chromebox

When Google first introduced the new Chrome OS almost three years ago it was little more than a project in makings. There were promises that we'd see several manufactures jumping on-board and we'd see several devices powered by the new operating system. Fast forward a couple years and Google alongside partners Samsung and Acer, introduced the first Google Chromebooks, a netbook like device that fell flat in public eye and enthusiasm for both the Chromebooks and Chrome OS waned.

Today however, Google hopes to get back some of the early enthusiasm that Chrome enjoyed as they have announced they will be launching a major new update to the Chrome OS - and Chromebook partner Samsung announced the company will be releasing two new Chrome OS products a laptop based Chromebook and desktop styled Chromebox.

The New Chrome OS an app-centric user interface

The new Chrome OS features all new styling and a new user interface, which can't help but be compared to Windows 7. You get easier app launching with a more tradition task-bar and notification areas. You can pin commonly-used apps for quick access, display multiple windows side-by-side or experience your favorite apps in full-screen mode without any distractions.

Be much more productive...or not
  • Get more stuff done, online or offline: With the built-in ability to view Microsoft Office files and dozens of the most common file formats, you can access all your content without the hassle of installing additional software. Google Drive makes it easy to create, store and share with just one click. Drive will be seamlessly integrated with the File Manager and support offline access with the next release of Chrome OS in six weeks. With Google Docs offline support (rolling out over the next few weeks), you can keep working on your documents even when offline and seamlessly sync back up when you re-connect. In addition, there are hundreds of offline-capable web apps in the Chrome Web Store.
  • Have more fun: The revamped media player and a built-in photo editor and uploader enable you to easily play and manage your personal media collections. Through the Chrome Web Store, you can access entertainment apps such as Google Play, Netflix, Kindle Cloud Reader and Pandora, and thousands of games including popular games like Angry Birds and console titles such as Bastion.
  • Carry your other computers...inside your Chromebook: With Chrome Remote Desktop Beta, you can now securely connect to your PC or Mac from your Chromebook or Chromebox. With the underlying VP8 technology, it’s almost like you’re in front of your other computers in real time.

Next-generation devices, the new Chromebook and Chromebox

Along with Google's announcement of a new Chrome OS Samsung announced a new Chromebook and the industry’s first Chromebox. Like its predecessor, the newest Chromebook is a fast and portable laptop for everyday users. The Chromebox is a compact, powerful and versatile desktop or nettop type device that is perfect for the home or office.

Speed is integral to the Chrome experience. The new Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook and Samsung Chromebox will be based on Intel Core processors, which are nearly three times as fast as the first-generation Chromebooks. Both devices will feature 4GB of RAM, Built-in dual-band WiFi and DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA). For graphics users will get Intel based hardware-accelerated graphics, which should provide seamless mulitmedia playback.

Pricing is listed at $449 for the Series 5 550 and $329 for the Chromebox.For those who want to try the Chromebook and Chromebox first-hand, we’re expanding the Chrome Zone experience centers. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available to try out in select Best Buy stores in the coming weeks.

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