Google Presents The Cr-48 Chrome Notebook
We’ve waited, and waited, and waited some more and now it’s finally time to find out more about Google’s Chrome operating system as well as those friendly little netbooks we started learning more about as the release date drew near. During a recent event the search engine giant finally presented the first Chrome OS laptop dubbed “Cr-48”. To put things into perspective, the Cr-48 is a test notebook that was designed for the Pilot program and it’s the first device of its kind.
The idea behind Google’s program is simple. Google’s Chrome operating system is work in progress and as always, input and testing from users and businesses is appreciated and needed for the whole development process. For this reason the company is looking for the “right users to try it out” and then provide feedback on how the operating system can be improved. Each participant in the Pilot program will receive one of these notebooks. The only thing that Google asks of its users is for them to use the computer regularly and send detailed feedback.
The Pilot program is open to regular users, businesses, schools, non-profits and developers living in the US and over the age of 18. Since this article is mainly about the Cr-48, guess it would be a good idea to talk more about it. The laptop’s specification sheet includes a 12.1 inch screen, full size keyboard, oversized clickpad, 802.11n dual-band WiFi, a battery life of 8 hours when the laptop is in active use and about 8 days worth of standby, a webcam and flash storage.
Reportedly the notebook is quite fast and will be ready for use whenever you want it to be. It can boot in roughly 10 seconds and it can wake up from sleep instantly. This pretty much sums up all we know about the Cr-48 for the time being, in terms of hardware. We also know that for now people will only be able to get one if they become a part of the Pilot program. In other worlds, there is absolutely no way to buy one from the local store. According to Engadget Chrome OS models from Acer will become available in the middle of 2011 for everyone to enjoy. Another thing that’s interesting about this particular notebook is its keyboard. There are no function keys and the caps lock key was replaced with a search button.
Now, if you’re wondering what I’ve wondered myself, which is “why Cr-48 as a name?” the answer is pretty simple. The name refers to an isotope of the material chromium so it’s well tied to the name of Google’s operating system. Engadget has also discovered after the Chrome OS event that while the Cr-48 will most likely be capable of running Windows, the upcoming Chrome OS laptops from Acer will not support dual boot at all. That makes a lot of sense because Chrome OS will most likely be marketed as a serious operating system that can replace Windows.
When asked about customer support, Google’s VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai also revealed that the operating system will be quite simple and that the company doesn’t anticipate running across a lot of confused customers. However, Google will still provide live support for those who are a part of the Pilot program and use a Cr-48. All those people will get help on any issues they encounter.11