Google plans Chrome OS event for tomorrow

On Friday, the folks at TechCrunch quoted a "reliable source" as saying Google’s Chrome OS would become available within a week. That may well turn out to be true. The same site now says it has been notified that Google will hold a "special Chrome OS event" at its Mountain View, California headquarters tomorrow morning.

The event will involve a speech by two Google executives and a question-and-answer session. Reportedly, the executives will show some demos and provide a "complete overview" of the upcoming operating system, including nitty-gritty technical details.

As we noted last week when commenting on TechCrunch’s first story, Google has always intended to make the Chrome OS source code available this year before properly launching the operating system in the second half of 2010. Perhaps we’ll see some source code—and, who knows, maybe a bootable beta version of the OS—appear alongside tomorrow’s event.

Once again, Chrome OS is a lightweight, Linux-based operating system aimed at netbooks. Chrome OS applications will run inside the web browser, and they should be cross-compatible with standards-compliant browsers on other platforms.

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    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    So it turns out it was just a demo, plus the announcement that they’ve opened up the source so that outsiders can work in the same tree as the Google devs.

    Color me underwhelmed.

    • emi25
    • 10 years ago

    Web apps are the future for everything in the background has a database.
    Maybe I do not speak english corectly, but, mark my words.

    • Jigar
    • 10 years ago

    So Google will first charge for Apple and than for Windows… Nice.

    • Archer
    • 10 years ago

    Pfft…running apps within a browser is nothing new.

    I want to run a browser within a browser so I can browse while I browse.

      • Kilos
      • 10 years ago

      Yo dawg, here’s a link for a browser in a browser so you can open tabs in a tab (copy&paste; Firefox only)
      §[

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        alright, THAT was funny. I had about 8 of those things before I ran out of room.

        • indeego
        • 10 years ago

        +1 well doneg{

        • no51
        • 10 years ago

        I might install firefox just for this.

        • anotherengineer
        • 10 years ago

        lols
        need some dual monitors for epic browsing lol

        • wira020
        • 10 years ago

        Thanks for the laughs lols… priceless…

      • blastdoor
      • 10 years ago

      Awesome post… 🙂

      • StashTheVampede
      • 10 years ago

      Aw man, if I could only 4chan right now.

    • dpaus
    • 10 years ago

    You know, the more I think about it, the more I wonder why Google is giving us both Android /[

      • Neutronbeam
      • 10 years ago

      Two words: global domination

      • nagashi
      • 10 years ago

      The same reason why MS gives us Windows 7 and Windows Mobile? Different spaces with vastly different hardware platforms get different application stacks.

        • dpaus
        • 10 years ago

        l[<"vastly different hardware platforms"<]l - well, my point is that I don't think they /[

          • StashTheVampede
          • 10 years ago

          “The step up from a high-end smartphone to a low-end netbook is pretty damned small already, and will be nothing in a year or two…”

          No.

          Smartphones *still* use an embedded, (sometimes real-time) OS. Windows Mobile (the current flavor of embedded Windows) is still very different than “desktop” Windows that would run on a netbook. Even in two years time, they will not merge.

            • dpaus
            • 10 years ago

            l[

            • StashTheVampede
            • 10 years ago

            Android:
            – Embedded. It fits into a TINY power envelope (in many cases, 1W) that netbooks won’t for some time. This also means it will run on wider variety of hardware
            – Built (from day one) to be customized by an OEM.

            Chrome:
            – Designed for x86 “netbook”.
            – Being designed for x86 means it will play nice with USB, ethernet and more drivers.
            – Google WILL determine the look/feel of this, OOTB. Sure, you will be able to customize it, but their goal is to start (heavy handed) on look/feel/functionality.

            Two different OSes with (overall) different goals. As Intel (or AMD) get closer to making a very functional x86 processor in a near 1W envelope, then I can see the two OSes merging.

            • Tamale
            • 10 years ago

            Plus, Android is part of a much larger project… the open handset alliance.

            Chrome OS has nothing to do with smart phones or any alliances.. and eventually will find its way onto desktops as well as laptops.

            • moog
            • 10 years ago

            Smartphones still have to solve their battery limitations before that happens.

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