Google Chrome OS release date in Q4

By Richi Jennings. June 2, 2010.

Google's upcoming cloud operating system, Chrome OS, in slated for a Q4 release date. The news was announced at Computex 2010 by a Google veep. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see through a glass, darkly.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention The Geek Alphabet...


    Daniel Cawrey drops this brief note:

Speaking [at Computex 2010] ... Google VP of product management Sundar Pichai said that Chrome OS will be on the market in the fourth quarter of 2010.


When asked about the Chrome vs. Android debate, Mr. Pichai said that providing open source platforms will allow the market to make the best determination about what operating system will work best in the mass market.

Zee M Kane expands:

This news will be of interest to those who ... wonder whether Google should even contemplate introducing its web app focused operating system, particularly with the success of Android.


The heaviest criticisms come from pundits and analysts who fear Google’s reliance on “the cloud” for its OS could be its major downfall. ... Chrome OS will ... leverage web apps, HTML5’s offline modes, background processing, and notifications.

Dan Nystedt thinks he sees slippage:

The statement appears to push back earlier talk of a third-quarter launch for the OS. ... The Chrome Web Store will open at the same time so people can download Web applications that can be installed on the Chrome OS.


[Google] designed Chrome OS for clamshell devices with touchpads, keyboards and screens between 10 inches and 12 inches across.

Adam Hartley looks for the hardware makers:

Following a slew of new netbook and tablet PC announcements at Computex ... no word as yet on Google's various partners for Chrome OS, but we expect to hear more announcements on that front very soon.


Acer was recently rumoured to be amongst Google's first manufacturing partners for Chrome OS - a rumour that the laptop maker was quick to scotch.

Preston Gralla pays attention to the man behind the curtain:

There's some evidence that ... Google's banning internal use of Windows ... may be at least in part a way to promote the use of Google's upcoming Chrome OS.


There's certainly nothing wrong with Google encouraging its employees to use [its own] products. After all, could you imagine a Microsoft employee asking to use a Mac as his primary computer? ... Still, there's no doubt that Google is also using the opportunity to promote the use of the Chrome OS internally, and once the OS is complete, externally as well.

Meanwhile, Scott Bicheno gets back to the dilution debate:

While tablets have been the hot form-factor at this year's Computex, the technology phenomenon that really underpins them is the cloud. ... The focus was very much on the cloud on mobile devices, as opposed to enterprise applications.


Opinion is still divided, however, on whether there's any need for Chrome OS, given the success of ... Android. It seems that Google wants to chuck it out there in order to see what manufacturers and end-users make of [it]. ... It's likely that Google will take its findings from having the two OSs in the field and eventually merge them into one.

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