Google commences pilots for Chrome OS

by Abhinna Shreshtha    Dec 10, 2010

gchromeOn Tuesday, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that it has started a pilot program to test its Chrome OS, a new operating system based on the Linux kernel that has been optimized for the Internet and designed to make computers significantly faster. As the name suggests, the interface is exactly the same as Google’s browser -Chrome, with a few add-ons.

For the pilot program, Google will be selecting users, developers, schools, and businesses from across the world to run the Chrome OS on a specially developed test notebook - the Cr-48. The Cr-48 are specially developed notebooks featuring a matte black finish, 12.1 inch screens, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, (NYSE:VZ) eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. The notebook doesn’t have any branding, logos or stickers.

The idea behind the Chrome OS is that since most people spend maximum of their computing time on the Internet, it makes sense to have an OS specially designed for browsing. The way Google defines it, is that with web applications becoming ubiquitous and popular, there is no need to have dedicated applications on your computer - want to watch videos; just open it in a tab, no need to install media players. The OS also allows you to store data on the cloud; so there is no need to worry about hard drive space. It actually makes sense, at least for netbooks and notebooks, with Google predicting that it will make booting a computer 8x faster. It’s not likely that we will see it being used on desktops or laptops anytime soon. Google has already announced that Acer and Samsung will release the first notebooks running the Chrome OS by mid-2011.

For now, we leave you with this video which gives a detailed account of the functionality the Chrome OS offers.