Google readies 'late fall' Chrome OS release
Just how late is late?
Google is planning to spin out its browser-based Chrome OS "operating system" in the "late fall" of 2010, according to a Mountain View wonk.
Sundar Pichai, who was speaking at the Computex show yesterday, said the company's Windows rival would arrive later this year. However, Google's product management veep didn't nail a specific date.
That's pretty much sticking to what Google has already confirmed about when Chrome OS will be released.
As we reported last month, the ad broker unleashed a preliminary software development kit for Native Client, its native-code browser plug-in.
Google has said that Native Client will be an "important part" of its Chrome OS, which is set to debut on x86 and ARM netbooks by the end of the year.
The original research version of native Client ran on x86-32, and recently Google introduced versions that runs on x86-64 and ARM. The firm said Native Client executables run at about 97 per cent of the speed of unmodified native code.
The company announced it was releasing an operating system initially for netbooks in July 2009. Google said at the time that Chrome OS would land in the second half of this year. ®
I won't touch this unless someone does an analysis of the released binaries to find out what it's leaking back to Google and their ever-expanding big brother database.
I've already played with an early version.
Installed an image in VirtualBox. It is just Chrome browser with an extra settings tab and an always-open GMail tab.
My reaction was "meh" -- I can see it being used on very cheap hardware but it's even less exciting than the iPad.
I wonder if anyone will sue Google, claiming that their browser is monopolising the online experience, as happened to Microsoft in the late 90's/early noughties.