The long awaited Google Chrome OS will be make its debut later this year, Sundar Pichai, the head of the Chrome project confirmed yesterday at the Computex Taipei.
Pichai also noted:
Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work…
You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome.
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Earlier today, Google has announced a developer preview of WebM, which is essentially an open source media format, designed for World Wide Web, that uses VP8 codec.
In response to such announcement, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer General Manager, Dean Hachamovitch said: “In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec on Windows” … “We want to be clear about our intent to support the same markup in the open and interoperable web, and to do so in a manner consistent with our view broad view of safety and security”
The WebM is already supported by 40+ companies, such as: Mozilla, Opera, Google, Logitech and many more.
If UberGizmo rumor is true, Canonical, a company behind Ubuntu is planning to ditch Firefox web browser in favor of Google Chrome (or Chromium).
In fact, Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 should be the very first version to do that.
How this version differs from the desktop release? It has a new interface, designed for restricted size machines that features a single menu bar design (more about it here).
It’s still unclear, whether same changes are planned for desktop version or not.
Last week, rumors were floating around about the upcoming Acer announcement at Computex regarding Chrome OS device.
Unfortunately, company has issued a press release stating that company has no “short-term plans for such a product”.
However, such device is still plausible in the future, as Acer said: “Acer believes that Google Chrome OS is without doubt an exciting product announcement and deserves it’s full attention as well as an in-depth study of its potential from a consumers perspective.”
Here we go again. The sixth version of Google Chrome, labeled 6.0.401.1, has been just released and can be found at dev channel.
Just like with some previous “major” releases, it has neither significant improvements nor any under the hood changes.
- Don’t prepend scheme on copying an incomplete hostname. (Issue 43585)
- Much better display/eliding of RTL and mixed-direction strings in the omnibox dropdown. (Issue 41716)
It appears that Acer is planning to launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which is set to take place from June 1st to June 5th.
As Chrome OS was originally designed for Netbooks, we expect a Netbook of some kind. Although Google said many times that OS can run fine on other devices with ARM processors, such as Smartbooks, Tablets, etc.
Currently, Chrome OS is scheduled for 2010 Q2 launch which pairs fine with the upcoming Acer announcement.
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Thanks to mabdul and RamaSubbu SK for links.
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