Google Announces Chrome Web Store

A lot of questions went unanswered when Google originally announced Chrome OS. Like, what would we do with that Chrome OS Apps page? Well, it only took several months, but here we are with an answer. Thankfully the wait seems to be worth it, as Google have just pulled the curtain off their Chrome Web Store. And, yes, this does look a whole lot more promising than the Google Phone Store.

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Chrome OS: Waiting Is The Hardest Part…Though Necessary

Google has more than emphasized that its Chrome operating system will be super speedy; it will boot in only seven seconds and surfing the web will be just be quicker. The irony is that you will actually have to wait for Google’s OS to arrive and for a pretty long time in the technology world.  After giving a preview yesterday of what is in store from the Internet giant’s computing platform, Google’s Sundar Pichai said that they are “a year away” from releasing products with the operating system. Yep, we are going to be waiting for a solid 365 days!

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Sony Vaio Chooses Google Chrome for Default Browser

Whether or not you're a member of the Browser Wars was probably decided for you, long before you were born. One of those, "destiny calls" choices, and we're sure that by now you're probably stubbornly chosen your browser of choice. Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. (Is Netscape around anymore?) But let's face it, there are a lot of people out there who would like to make the decision for you, right? Computer manufacturers to start with, and then second on your list is probably your best friend. Sony wants you to choose a side.

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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?

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 Chrome v2 released: faster, more stable, new features

Google have released the latest version of their Chrome browser, v2, including stable builds of the new features added in March's beta.  Among the most obvious changes are a full-screen mode - triggered by hitting F11 - and a form autofill tool, which remembers common details such as name, address and phone number and automatically populates those fields in online shopping sites and registration forms.

Video overview of Google Chrome v2 after the cut

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New Google Chrome beta: up to 35% faster

Google's Chrome browser turned a lot of heads when it first launched back in September 2008, and the search giant surprised even more people by dropping the beta tag from the browser only a few months later.  Now there's news of a new version of Chrome, still free and back with beta status, but reportedly between 25- and 35-percent faster than previously, depending on benchmarking.  There are also new features like side-by-side tab views and autoscrolling.

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Google OS rumor reignites after mystery surfers recorded

Rumors that Google is developing its own OS have once again been ignited, as traffic-measuring experts Net Applications revealed that one-third of visitors from Google computers are running computers that block recognition of their platform.  According to Net Applications, this is not an incidental situation: Google would have to be purposefully choosing to mask the identity of their computers' OS.


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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 36 2008

Netbooks returned to the top of the page this week, as Dell finally confirmed their first entrance to the budget ultraportable market.  The specs of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 may not be all that surprising - given both the regular leaking pre-announcement and the fact that all of these machines are pretty similar - but the brand name will likely make it the netbook to beat.  In a way it's a shame, because there are far more exciting devices - such as the Raon Digital Everun Note - that, by virtue of being less well known, will struggle to make themselves heard.

Google admits mistake with Chrome Terms of Service

Google's Chrome is still gathering momentum - a quick glance at our stats over the last 72hrs show that 6-percent of visitors are using the new browser - but it's not without its issues.  SlashGear readers have been sharing their experiences here, and reporting everything from scrolling problems through Facebook issues and full-on crashes.  Perhaps more concerning, though, were the Terms of Service, which seemed to give Google permission to use your content as it sees fit.  Now Google have admitted that they made a mistake.

Google Chrome browser full launch presentation video

News of Google's Chrome browser may have slipped out early on Monday, but that didn't stop the company having the proper launch event at the Googleplex on Tuesday.  That presentation saw Google developers walk through the functionality of Chrome and what makes it particularly special; it also gave them an opportunity to announce Chromium, which is the open-source project side of the browser.

Check out the full launch presentation video after the cut

Chrome hands-on: Teething pains & Terms of Service privacy concerns

After several hours running Chrome and exploring its functionality, hands-on reports are coming in from all over the web.  As you might expect for the first release of beta software - even software Google claim has been in development for two years and tested thoroughly at the Googleplex - there are various bug sightings and issues.  Multiple SlashGear readers are finding that vertical scrolling, particularly on notebook touchpads, is presenting some problems, with the most common complaint being an inability to scroll back up the page.

Check out the video walk-though of the Google Chrome browser after the cut

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