Are There Disadvantages to Using Google Chrome?

Someone in our live community recently asked what I feel the advantages – and disadvantages – are for using Google Chrome. We are talking about the web browser in this instance, not the operating system. Google Chrome is built upon the Chromium foundation, as are Flock and RockMelt.

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One advantage of Chrome is that they are constantly releasing new versions. It’s not going to disappear into obscurity. Google’s entire business model IS “the Web.” They are going to do their best to continue to try and build the best browser possible. There’s seemingly always a new beta version available, proving further that they are evolving on a regular basis.

I honestly can’t come up with a disadvantage, unless someone doesn’t want statistics sent back to Google. There are occasional crashes, as well, but yeah – EVERY browser has that problem at times. Is there anything you can think of?

What are YOUR thoughts? Is Chrome a good choice – or not?

Google Cloud Printing In The Testing Stages

What sounds like it could be an impossible task, Google is introducing what they call ‘Google Cloud Print’ in which any application will be able to print to every printer. As we all know, the traditional print system requires that a driver be installed for a particular hardware device. Since this is not a practical solution for those who may chose to use the Chromium OS, Google is going to try and address this problem. The testing and deveopment stages should prove interesting and if Google is able to pull this off, should add considerable value to their operating system when it becomes available.

In addition, on The Chromium Blog site it also states the following information:

Google Cloud Print is still under development, but today we are making code and documentation public as part of the open-source Chromium and Chromium OS projects. While we are still in the early days of this project, we want to be as transparent as possible about all aspects of our design and engage the community in identifying the right set of open standards to make cloud-based printing ubiquitous. You can view our design docs and outlines here and we hope you stay tuned for updates in the coming months.


If Google is able to pull this off,  it could give the company a huge advantage in the race to cloud computing. The ability to print from any where will make Google’s cloud computing even more attractive.

Comments welcome.


Google Shows Off Its Concept UI For Google Chromiun OS On Tablet PC

It is ironic that Google has chosen this time to show off its concept UI for their Chromium OS on what appears to be a similar tablet to what Apple is releasing. I can now understand why Steve Jobs was ranting about Google doing no evil. I guess he feels that no one else but Apple should enter into the tablet market. Plus we all know that Apple doesn’t allow any crap to be released with its name on it. Right? Right! LOL

I bet I can prophesize what Google’s tablet, if and when it hits the street, will have that the iPad doesn’t. First and foremost it will have one or more USB slots and also one for memory cards. I will also guess that the price will be far less than Apple’s $499 entry tablet and will also include 3G standard and not a $130 option that Apple wants us to pay.

Here is a look-see at what Google is showing us on its Chromium site:

This page contains visual explorations of how a Chrome OS tablet UI might look in hardware. Some possibilities they explore include:

  • Keyboard interaction with the screen: anchored, split, attached to focus.
  • Launchers as an overlay, providing touch or search as means to access web sites.
  • Contextual actions triggered via dwell.
  • Zooming UI for multiple tabs
  • Tabs presented along the side of the screen
  • Creating multiple browsers on screen using a launcher

What will a Google powered tablet need to be successful? My first thought was that it needs to have the capability to multitask.

What does Google have to do to get you to buy a tablet with a Chromium OS?

Comments as always are welcome.


Apple Has A Tablet, Now Google May Have One As Well – Are You Excited Yet?

With all of the rumors flying around about tablet computers from Apple and now Google, one does have to wonder. Is there a need for tablet computers and if so why? The latest rumor from Gizmodo shows the below image of a tablet with a Google webpage:

The Gizmodo article goes on to state that Google has teamed up with HTC for a Google Chromium powered tablet computer. Which if true could offer some competition to Apple’s tablet. But what I see is more of a toy than any thing else. Or is it?

So my question to you my learned readers is this? Is there room for a tablet? Will it replace the laptop or netbook or is it a completely different animal?

One last question, would you buy one?

Comments welcome.


Google Chromium Netbooks Specifications – What Do You Think?

Rumors have been flying around the Internet about the hardware specifications that  Google Chromium netbook may be offering when it is finally released. These are a few of the specs that have leaked on various Web sites:

The specified features include a compact display, sized at 10.1-inch, which was surprisingly made to the standard of HD-ready; in addition, it’s multi-touch. The monitor is powered by Nvidia’s latest Tegra chip, and the system also includes an ARM CPU, and SSD hard drive sized at mediocre 64GB (but it will be fast, thanks to the solid-state technology). The RAM memory is of 2GB, there are Bluetooth and 3G support, webcam, standard 3.5mm audio jack, multi-card reader, and multiple USB ports (some netbooks have only one). The OS, of course, will be the glorified Chrome OS.

What is also being stated by some is that the cost of this new netbook could be priced under $300, which would make it an attractive option for many of us. But with a release date estimated to be at the end of 2010, is it going to be a little too late to make a difference?

Some of the questions I would have concerning a Google based OS are:

Since the OS requires an Internet connection to function, wouldn’t a Linux or Windows based system be a better option when a user cannot connect to the Internet?

Battery life. Not much is known about how the new OS will handle battery power. I would want a Google OS system with at least six hours or more of battery life.

$300 price tag. This goes back to the arguments of why buy a user would buy a netbook when he can buy a laptop for about $350 when on sale?

What do you think?

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Google Plans On Using A Browser Logon For Chromium OS

Google is looking at adding a browser logon for their Chromium OS when it is finally introduced. The logon may be to allow easier access to Google features and to provide users with one logon for all of what Google offers. I believe this logon process will be what Google already is using for those who have signed up for Gmail accounts, which also allows access to all of the other features Google currently offers.

If this is the case, it will eliminate the need for multiple account user names and passwords, and will be similar to what Microsoft uses with their Windows Live ID program. According to an article at TechCrunch it states that:

There are lots of potential benefits to having users log into machines via the browser. In particular it makes syncing easier and furthers the notion that you can log into any Chrome OS machine and have exactly the same experience as you would on any other machine. The fact that users can’t download any software to Chrome OS computers furthers this experience.

But people using Chrome OS devices will be logging into the Internet first and foremost with a Google account, or via Friend Connect (which currently allows signin via Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AIM, Netlog, OpenID, etc.). By centralizing authentication once, Google can then use the same Friend Connect credentials to automatically login to sites that support it.

While this would make using any feature that Google offers much easier, the one question that keeps popping into my mind is – how popular will the Chromium OS really be? Will it be just a supplement to Window machines? Or will Chromium be the future of computing?

Comments welcome.


Acer To Launch Google Chromium OS Netbooks In 2010

Acer is preparing to launch new Netbooks in 2010 which may use Google’s new OS Chromium. The announcement should not come as as any surprise, since Acer has been critical of Microsoft starting with Windows Vista. I originally wrote about Acer and its displeasure of Windows Vista back on July 26, 2007 [original post located here]. In that article Acer claimed that Vista was the worst operating system ever.

So Acer still may not be pleased with Microsoft and its new Windows 7 and is reflecting its opinion on choosing a Google OS. But will anyone buy it?

One recent article states the following:

Acer plans to launch a Google Chrome operating system-based netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010, according to industry sources.

Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence that the company will be the first vendor to launch Chrome-based netbook in the market during a recent interview with Digitimes.

Acer was the first first-tier vendor to launch a Google Android-based netbook in the market. Although demand for the model was not as strong as expected, it did not dampen Acer’s willingness to develop netbooks with non-Microsoft operating systems.

I believe that last sentence says it all. Netbook sales using a non-Windows OS such as Linux has not been appealing. But this time the OS will have the Google name behind it, that almost everyone will recognize.

Would you buy a Netbook with Google Chromium OS instead of Windows?

Comments welcome.


The Google Phone Rumor Returns – Heh Google, Why Don’t You Give Us All The Real Info?

The Google Phone rumor makes it return, but now has an added twist. The latest twist is that the Google Phone will use some type of a mysterious operating system, that is not Android. Huh? So we have Android, plus Google Chromium and now another OS on steroids. What ever the situation, it makes one wonder why Google just doesn’t tell us what they have in store for us. Will this Google Phone be the free cell phone we have been wondering about for some two years? Or is this just another crock of BS?

Here is what the rumor people are saying:

And by “Google Phone” we don’t simply mean another Android handset. We’re talking about Google-branded hardware running a version of Android we haven’t yet seen.

Over the next few weeks, Google Phones (most probably in early, prototype form) will flood the Mountain View campus. They’ll don large LCDs while running a new version of Android—either Flan or the version of Android beyond it—which our source spotted running on Google’s handset as well as a laptop. (Whatever the software was, it most certainly wasn’t Chrome OS, we were assured.)

But maybe the most intriguing bit is what someone said to our source offhandedly, that the current Android, the we all know and love, is not the “real” Android. So what makes for a “real” version of Android?

This is getting as bad as the Microsoft buying Yahoo that seemed to go on forever and when it finally happened no one cared. I hope that Google doesn’t face the same fate with their phone. If there is a phone. LOL

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Is Google Going To Reinvent The Netbook Or Just Improve On The User Experience?

Google has some very specific visions on what a Netbook should be and how their new operating system will change how the current crop of Netbooks will change. In a screen shot of their new Chromium operating system, they have three must have features, that the new operating system will have. These are speed, simplicity and security.

Google is also going to insist that manufacturers that wish to produce a Netbook running the Google operating will have to adhere to specific guidelines from Google. As an example, Google wants their OS running on flash memory based solid state drives [SSD]. These types of drives run faster and are more power efficient. Conventional magnetic platter drives need not apply.

Google seems to be taking a page from Apple. Google does not want their operating system and pint sized, cheap Netbooks with tiny keyboards. If you have seen the Asus Eee PC with the 10.1 screen, this would seem to be the smallest Netbook Google may choose to have their operating system installed on. Just a guess on part.

What do you think? What is your vision for a Google PC? Is Google going to reinvent the Netbook or just improve upon it?

Comments welcome.


Google Chromium OS – It Is For Real! And It Is Linux!

Google has officially announced that it needs developers, partners, and the open source community to get this operating system ready for use by next year. Google states that the new operating system will function entirely in a browser and that all application functions will be done online.

Here is what Google says will be great about the new operating system:

First, it’s all about the web. All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.

Second, because all apps live within the browser, there are significant benefits to security. Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn’t trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer. Furthermore, Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot. While no computer can be made completely secure, we’re going to make life much harder (and less profitable) for the bad guys

Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for Google Chrome OS.

There is still a lot of work to do, and we’re excited to work with the open source community. We have benefited hugely from projects like GNU, the Linux Kernel, Moblin, Ubuntu, WebKit and many more. We will be contributing our code upstream and engaging closely with these and other open source efforts.

Does this mean that we can all dump Windows? I seriously doubt this will be the case. But what I believe will happen is that for many consumers this will be a viable alternative. For those who only surf the Internet, send email and the like; this may be ideal.

What I also see is that with Google behind the project this is going to be a giant shot in the arm for Linux and the entire Linux community.

So what do we really have? Sounds like some kind of a modified browser that will run Web application.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.