Just in case you had forgotten all about Google Chrome OS, yesterday, Samsung launched a new thin Google Chrome laptop and a teeny tiny Google Chrome desktop machine. Under the hood is a newly redesigned Google Chrome, but is it is worth it, considering you’re still basically running just the Chrome browser?
Yesterday, Google released a cool new Chrome extension called Language Immersion that lets you learn a new language in bits and pieces while you surf the web. You choose your language, choose your immersion level and Chrome changes certain phrases to let you learn the language of your choice in a context you can understand.
When Google Chrome OS first came out, I wasn’t that impressed. Its one-thing-at-a-time UI seemed like a step back, but the latest build brings several UI features that actually make Chrome OS look and feel like a real operating system.
Every couple weeks or so, Google likes showing off some new thing to demonstrate the power of the web. This past Friday, they announced the beta version of Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets you remote in to another computer that you have access to.
Walk into a Best Buy or some other large electronics retailer and you’ll probably see, right in the middle of the home computer section, the big Apple retail nook, with all of the iPads and MacBooks there in one attractive spot to play with. Now it looks like Google wants to move in on that action, with similar cozy little retail placements called the Chrome Zone.
Even if Apple is currently beating out Microsoft in overall profit and company worth, it still has barely made a dent in its roughly 10% share of the desktop OS market. That’s a number Apple’s fine with, as they stopped really competing with Microsoft in that arena when they became a general gadget company. But when Google releases the Chrome OS to the public later this year, it could very easily take a chunk out of what little piece of the non-mobile OS pie Apple has.
Google had its big media event today to show off new features in Google Chrome 8 (which you should already have if you have Chrome), features in upcoming versions of Chrome as well as the final public version of Chrome OS and a Chrome OS netbook.