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Google I/O 2011 keynotes available on YouTube

Written on May 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google I/O 2011 event which takes place on San Francisco last week May 10-11, has been attended by thousands of people and watch via live streaming by the whole world.

Major Google product / software announcements:

  • Google announces Android 3.1
  • Google TV getting Android 3.1 and Market this summer
  • Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011 to smartphones and tablets alike
  • Android Market launches movie rentals, thousands of titles available to your PC, phone or tablet
  • Google Music Beta to stream 20,000 songs for free
  • Google partners with OEMs and carriers to guarantee timely Android updates
  • Google announces Android Open Accessory standard, Arduino-based ADK
  • Google announces Android@Home framework for home automation
  • Google clarifies 18 month Android upgrade program, details far from solidified
  • Google adding Netflix, Hulu support, offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs to Chrome OS this summer, prices hardware at $20 per month
  • Google unveils Acer Chromebook: $349, 11.6-inches with 6.5-hour battery
  • Official: Samsung reveals Chrome OS laptop — the Series 5
  • Google teases Samsung-built Chromebox, desktop version of Chrome OS

If you miss the change to watch the event you can now watch the whole event via Youtube, Watch the video after the break.

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Google Unveils Two New Chrome OS Notebooks

Written on May 12, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Following its pilot program, Google unveils its two new Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung.

Yesterday’s Google I/O keynote reveals two upcoming Chrome OS notebook from Samsung and Acer. And if the keynote is anything to go by, people will see Google’s new babies hit the streets this summer. Obviously, both will run the Chrome OS as their sole operating system. In addition to this, the Samsung and Acer ChromeBook will also have Netflix and Hulu support and offline versions of Gmail and Google Docs.

See the full specs of these two new Chrome OS Notebooks after the jump.

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Google Changes Chrome Logo: From 3D to 2D

Written on March 22, 2011 by Charles Bass

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The Chrome icon on your OS is now on 2D. This is not some glitch, it's for real. Google has downgraded the Chrome icon from 3D to 2D.

Make way guys, Google Chrome has a new icon, more simple and defined. Ready?

Today, Internet titan Google has announced that they are indeed changing their Chrome icon into a new one.

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Chrome OS: The Next Big Thing or Not?

Written on December 26, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Chrome OS definitely made a noise since its unveiling. Though still in beta, many were already wondering if the operating system can make or break it. Still, it is too early to make a chromey prediction.

After Google unveiled its Chrome OS, many alternating headlines came to the scene. Some says that Chrome OS faces serious risk of failure, while other thinks that the new operating system will succeed. So what will it be?

As Jason Perlow — a technology blogger at ZDnet — puts it: “If you know how to use a browser you pretty much already know how to use Chrome OS.” If you are using Chrome on your chosen OS, then there’s not really any transition to operating system. With Chrome OS, the browser is the operating system. So in one way or another, the Chrome OS will succeed. But if you asked whether the world is ready for it, that is another issue.

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Chrome OS’ Target Market

Written on December 16, 2010 by Adam Eve

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For an office worker or for someone who needs a computer but does not know how to use it safely, the Chrome OS might be the operating system that answers their problems.

Though Google is not sharing any secrets about its Chrome OS, there seems to be a type or person in mind for its desktop system. With the help of Chrome OS Linux desktop, Google looks like targeting two very different audiences. The first group is the office workers, while the second one are those users who really don’t know the first thing on how to use a computer safely even if they are computer literate.

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Google Introduces Chrome OS

Written on December 08, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"Rethink[ing] the personal computing experience for the modern Web. That is what Chrome OS is about. Chrome OS is nothing but the web—Chrome running on hardware directly." ---Sundar Pichai, Google' s Vice President for Product Management.

During a press conference in San Francisco today, Google launched the newest addition to their growing network —Chrome OS. This is Google’s browser-centric netbook operating system. According to Google, the number of their Chrome users climbed up to 120 million. Chrome’s emphasis on speed was noted as one of the significant factors why the popularity of the browser grew rapidly. Performance remain the key account priority of the Chrome development as Google works to make the browser an application platform.

The next Chrome will be using an adaptive compiling technique codenamed Crankshaft to accelerate JavaScript performance. Google has also been in focus of the WebGL, a work that progresses swiftly. Google showed several WebGL demos, including a virtual 3D aquarium with sharks that shoot lasers with their eyes.

During the presentation, Google’s vice president for product management, Sundar Pichai, explained that the philosophy behind Chrome OS is to create a browser that is largely designed for many applications rather than a browser that is designed for documents of everyday work. This is an advance vision that Google has with Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS Gets a Special Keyboard

Written on December 07, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Google has confirmed that it's going to reveal the first Chrome OS netbook today. And the special keyboard incorporated for the web-based OS is roaming across the web.

Google is scheduled to reveal its first Chrome OS today. However, the blogosphere is busy scrutinizing a special keyboard for the web-based OS released by Engadget.

The chicklet keyboard does not bear any Chrome OS branding, but it has some unique keys designed for a notebook with a web-based OS. In particular, the keyboard has a dedicated search key. But there is a problem with the Chrome OS keyboard. Acer’s ZGA Chrome netbook also sports the same keyboard with a dedicated search key. So does this mean that the Chrome OS keyboard is not unique at all?

More Chrome OS news are coming, so don’t forget to visit Gadg more often.

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