As we near the start of a new year, Google is actively preparing it’s new web connected masterpiece for launch. Dubbed (in its current state) the CR-48, Google’s notebook is going to take the search engine giant and place it in the forefront of the computer market–a market that would have Apple and Microsoft as competitors. Competing against this market is no small task, so here are a few reasons why the Google Chrome notebook is bound to succeed, and why it may very well be your next laptop of choice.
First off, it’s easy to use. In a day and age where content is most important to the consumer of the web, the last thing we want is to be fiddling with difficult to use, slow moving operating systems to get us there. Google aims to solve all this by creating an operating system that is really nothing more than a browser. Use Google Chrome? Then you already know how to use this OS.
Google has placed security at the forefront. Using a process known as “verified boot”, Chrome OS runs a check on itself every time it boots up to make sure its core hasn’t been tampered with. If it has, then it restores itself to an earlier state. Since all your data on this operating system is stored online, then this restoration procedure will not affect it. The most stunning feature of Chrome OS, though, is the simple fact that it takes the traditional operating system and throws it in the trash.
It’s a risky move, and (like Google Wave before it) if the public can’t latch on to the idea, the whole project will flop. A cloud-based architecture, however, may just be what the public needs on their next computers. Simple, reliable, easy, fast: All are viable terms to describe Chrome OS and are in high demand by the public. No crashes, no bluescreens, no hard drive failures, no viruses. It’s all web. So will you use one? There has been talk that tablets like Apple’s iPad will kill a project like this, but when everything is taken in to consideration, the iPad is not just a browser and, yes, there are viruses that can infect the iPad. Of course, this also brings up the question of “what can’t I do with it?”
With modern day technologies, there’s not much you can’t do on the web. Services like Grooveshark and Mog let you play your music, Netflix delivers movies, and Google Docs is a powerful online office suite. Google has also launched their Chrome Web Store which allows users to find apps and extensions for their browser that will aid in everyday tasks. From video editors, to complex painting software, from banking tools, to news feeds: it’s all there. Even Skype compatible web clients exist so you won’t have to leave your voip calls behind.
So as the early 2011 launch date for the CR-48 draws near, Google may find yet another way to live in the homes of everyone.