My daily readings 11/21/2009

  • tags: Startup, VC

  • tags: Startup

  • tags: Google, Chrome, extension

  • tags: Google, Chrome, OS

  • tags: Google, Chrome, OS

    • Rather than support Android apps and other sorts of apps, there is only one kind of app Google is interested in: the Web app. Chrome OS is all about making Web apps the only apps you will ever need. Which kind of makes you wonder how long we’ll need Android apps, or iPhone apps for that matter, because you know it is only a matter of time before a phone comes out running on Chrome OS.
  • tags: Google, Chrome, OS

    • This includes a full product rundown and details about the formal launch, which is expected to occur early next year.
    • We aren’t launching it today and not beta today. But we’ve made progress. As of today the code will be completely open. We’re excited to announce this.
    • 3) Extensions are coming. We’ve taken our time to do this right. We have more details coming about extensions with certain partners. These update automatically.
    • HTML5, we want the web to apps as well as they do natively. We’ve been working hard on this. We want web apps to be able to use system resources the same way. Graphics is one example, we need a way to access to the GPU. Audio/video playback is key. And we need apps to work offline. We’re working with the other major browser vendors to make sure HTML5 comes along.
    • We’re moving from laptops down to netbooks on the regular computer end. On the other side we’re going from phones to tablets – these are all computers. Laptops are becoming more like phones too – always on connectivity.
    • We focus on three things. Speed. Simplicity. Security.

      We want Chrome OS to be blazingly fast, basically instant-on. Chrome (the browser) on Chrome OS is going to be much faster.

    • What happens if you plug in a camera? It simply opens a window with the camera’s files. I can pull any picture and open it in a new browser window.
    • We want this to feel much more like a television than a computer. All Chrome OS devices will be based on solid-state storage.
    • The File System: It’s always auto-updated. There are a few areas of the hard disk. The root partition is read-only. This is locked down, which is unusual in OSes today. User data is always encrypted. This is key for safety of your data. So important if you lose your machine.

      All user data is synced with the cloud at all times. If you lose your machine, it’s not really gone.

    • While netbooks are popular, but some have usability issues. We want to make slightly larger netbooks with full sized keyboards and big trackpads.
    • If you are a developer and have the right type of netbook (and a screwdriver) you can get Chrome OS running today.
    • Q: What netbook are you running this on right now (for the demo)?

      SP: That’s an Eee PC.

    • Q: Will there be an app store? What about driver certification? What about editing apps – like editing photos?

      SP: We will have more details about the idea of an app store down the line. We care about web apps – on the web there are hundreds of millons of applications.

    • SP: And we’re investing in new tech to make web apps run just like desktop apps. Chrome OS will also influence Chrome (the browser).
    • Q: Virtualization, can you run it now?

      MP: Sure, you could build it and run it in a virtual machine. That’s a great way to compile and debug.

    • SP: Independent of Chrome OS we’re all about moving web apps forward – including things like Photoshop on the web. Android apps currently will not run on Chrome OS.
    • Q: What does Chrome OS do that other browsers on other OSes can’t do?

      SP: Most of what we show here you can do in other browser. But there are new user concepts we’re exposing, app tabs, panels, and there will be more.

    • Q (from Steve): Realtime notifications on every page?

      SB: I think we definitely need support for that in the browser. And especially in Chrome OS. Hopefully we can solve the problem of chatting when you’re not signed in to Google.

      MP: There is a new notification API standard that is being worked on now.

    • Im the perfect target market for this. I do my work on a main computer and travel a reasonable amount with my netbook.

      I use the netbook for email and web apps and some music. All of which Chrome OS can do…

    • Be creative, some of the things being described here as limitations can surely be overcome rather easily. Do you really think it will stop here? The next thing is Chrome running on your little fileserver at home (NAS), in your TV, etc. This opens up so many fantastic opportunities.
    • Chrome OS Is more of a thin client to Google Apps.
    • Exactly… Just like windows is a place holder for office. They _used_ to have different approaches – not anymore. I barely distinguish between the two companies anymore.

      Here you are fed with Win/Office, there are you fed with Chrome/G-Apps. Here you pay upfront, there you pay through ads, etc.

    • The funnything is that MS is dramatically more open then Google at this point. Is there a place for Google within an MS world? – of course, it’s mostly open.

      Is there a place for Apple/MS within a Google world? – not even a link.

      You login to Gmail, implicitly pre-forced with Google apps, without any option to integrate anything else. Same with Chrome, Chrome OS, and other Google online facility.

      Google is the closest web eco-system today. Nothing but Evil.

    • Did you miss the part about it being Open Source? Dell, Acer, Gateway, HP, anyone making Netbooks can put links to whatever cloud based apps they want. They don’t HAVE to link to Gmail, Google Docs, etc.

      I suspect they will voluntarily based on a cut of ad revenue. But the point remains, anyone can build a non-Google netbook using Chrome OS.

      You can’t do that with Windows.

    • “the ultimate Goal of Google, which is to index all the worlds information”

      Yes, and you can’t do that unless all the information is online. Or, even better, online and inside our data stores.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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