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Google Chrome OS release in next 7 days?

Google Chrome OS release in next 7 days?

Google Chrome OS, the search giant's web-centric platform for notebooks, netbooks and Smartbooks, is tipped to be arriving sometime within the next seven days.  According to TechCrunch's sources, the release of the new OS - which was announced back in July - is imminent, though there's also talk of patchy driver support.

CrunchPad hamstrung by unexpectedly high production costs?

CrunchPad hamstrung by unexpectedly high production costs?

Last we heard, the CrunchPad budget tablet was set to leap to the market this month with a roughly $399 price tag.  Now the rumor circulating California is that unexpected manufacturing expenses have delayed - perhaps even killed - the project; the Silicon Alley Insider claims that project founder Michael Arrington has been surprised by higher-than-expected quotes from suppliers.

NVIDIA Tegra Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS in pipeline

NVIDIA Tegra Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS in pipeline

An NVIDIA executive has confirmed that the company is working with Google to produce Tegra-based Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS.  Talking to jkOnTheRun's Kevin C. Tofel, NVIDIA's GM of mobile business Mike Rayfield revealed that the company expects to see Tegra-based smartphones using Windows Mobile and Android, while Smartbooks or netbooks would use Chrome OS or Windows CE.

Chrome OS Makes Another Appearance

Chrome OS Makes Another Appearance

While everyone else was enjoying their weekend, it looks like somebody was hard at work leaking some pretty important stuff. Well, it's important if you like Google, Google's Chrome browser, and anything new. If this is you, then you'll love what's been floating around: images that show off Google's upcoming Chrome Operating System. Sure, we've seen some before, but those were proven to be fake, and left us wanting more.

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Samsung ND10 OS-free netbook is crying out for Android

Samsung ND10 OS-free netbook is crying out for Android

Looking to save a little money on your next netbook, but still want a brand-name machine?  Not especially enamored with Windows XP, and prefer to use Linux or something else?  Then Samsung may have the answer, in the shape of the ND10.  Ostensibly identical to the well-thought-of Samsung NC10, the ND10 was recently spotted in China offering the same 10.2-inch, Intel Atom N270 hardware but with no OS and  $50 discount.

Google acquire On2 video compression specialists

Google acquire On2 video compression specialists

Google have announced their acquisition of video compression specialists On2, in a deal worth almost $107m.  While the search giant has not revealed in what way it will be applying On2's expertise, they have stated that they "think that video compression technology should be a part of the web platform" which suggests it will have applications not just in YouTube - which Google acquired back in October 2006 - but potentially in the company's upcoming Chrome OS.

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Eric Schmidt resigns from Apple board

Eric Schmidt resigns from Apple board

Google and Apple have announced that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, has resigned from Apple's board of directors to pre-empt concerns of conflict-of-interest.  The move comes as Google "enters more of Apple's core businesses" courtesy of Android and Chrome OS, and is described as a "mutual" decision". 

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Android gets desktop OS makeover by ThunderSoft [Video]

Android gets desktop OS makeover by ThunderSoft [Video]

Developer ThunderSoft have released a video demonstrating their latest custom software build, a version of Android for netbook computers.  Their demo shows multi-window support, with both a title bar and cursor, together with support for display resolutions up to 1280 x 720 and the ability to drag, drop and maximize windows.

Video demo after the cut

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Acer Android dual-boot netbook coming August?

Acer Android dual-boot netbook coming August?

Acer's dual-booting netbook, which will offer users both Windows XP and Google's open-source Android platform, is tipped to arrive in August 2009.  First announced back at Computex, the company had only suggested a Q3 release; contrary to initial expectations, Acer hedged their bets and decided to make Android the "quick-boot" option rather than the sole OS.

Google Chrome OS & Android “may merge closer”; CEO Schmidt opposed development

Google Chrome OS & Android “may merge closer”; CEO Schmidt opposed development

Google's CEO and the search giant's co-founders took to the stage this week to discuss Chrome OS, the future of Android and other open-source issues, revealing that the two headline-grabbing platforms - one ostensibly for smartphones, the other for netbooks - have "a great deal of commonality" and "may merge even closer."  CEO Eric Schmidt also made clear that Google do not envisage Chrome OS as a direct Windows competitor; in fact, he said, "Microsoft is welcome to put Internet Explorer on our operating system."

Google Chrome OS leaked screenshots: is this Microsoft’s newest rival?

Google Chrome OS leaked screenshots: is this Microsoft’s newest rival?

The first purported screenshots of Google's Chrome OS have leaked, courtesy of a snap-happy Acer parts supplier and a momentarily careless Google demo rep.  Apparently taken at the end of a demonstration of Chrome OS for Acer, installing the software in just 10 minutes on a formerly Vista Acer Extensa 4620Z laptop, even this early build of the platform showed its speed credentials: a desktop to desktop reboot in around 25 seconds.

UPDATE: The screenshots are fake, as we suspected might be the case.  Just a video designer hoping to drum up business. 7/9/2009

More Google Chrome OS feedback after the cut

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Google working with Acer, ASUS, HP and more on Chrome OS netbooks

Google working with Acer, ASUS, HP and more on Chrome OS netbooks

Google have revealed the hardware partners that they are currently working with on their freshly-announced Chrome OS.  The search giant has named Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba as all helping to design and build devices that will run the new platform, which has been described as the Chrome browser with a new windowing system, on top of a Linux kernel.

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