Google Chrome OS

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Google Chrome OS is back.

Never heard of it? Probably because it never really made it the last time round and had lots of negative feedback.

Google have gone back to the drawing board and come back with a new improved.

Google Chrome is an open source Linux based operating system designed to work exclusively with web applications and is actually version 19 of the operating system!

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of the Chrome OS.

The look of it is very much like the Chrome web browser and it is aimed for people who spend most of their computer time on the web.

Google have this week announced two new Chrome OS devices – The Samsung Chromebook series 5 550 , referred as “Chromebook” and  Chromebook Series 3.

Both includes goodies such as built Google Music, Google + aswell as a basic photo editor, a music player and an enhanced remote desktop app.

The Chromebook is a thin and light laptop that boots in less than 10 seconds and resume instantly. Websites load quickly with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.

The Samsung Chromebox 3 is a small desktop PC  that can connect to a keyboard, mouse and monitor – a lot like Apple’s Mac Mini.

Both devices are powered by an Intel core processor and include 4gb of RAM. They come with USB ports, built in Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet. The Chromebook also has a HD camera and comes with a 3g modem option. Suprisingly there is no HDMI port considering that a lot of people plug their devices into their TV.

The Chrome book 550 is priced at £379  or £429 for the 3G versions.

The Chromebox is a little cheaper at £279 but you do have to consider the additional cost of the peripherals. It doesn’t ship with a monitor, keyboard or mouse.

UK buyers can grab the devices from John Lewis, PC World and Best Buy.

Chrome OS is a great idea, if everything important can be done in the cloud. As we approach the cloud era Chrome OS will definitely be a hit and you would doubt Google at your peril, however,  it is probably best to wait to wait for future releases.

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