Google has announced that their Chrome OS laptops will be retailing in the first half of 2011, and carried by PC manufacturers including Acer and Samsung. The search engine giant has also unveiled their new Chrome Web store for web developers to create apps and for users to download and use the web apps on their system.
The Google Chrome OS was announced last year but there was no news of its progress until now. According to the company’s blog, the operating system is almost ready though some of its features require new hardware and that it needs users’ feedback. A pilot program will be launched whereby the test notebooks are given to selected users, developers and users in the educational institutes and companies, starting in U.S.
Notebooks with Chrome OS are scheduled to retail in the first half next year from PC manufacturers including Acer and Samsung. The notebook will sport 12.1-inch display, full-sized keyboard, integrated 3G (from Verizon) and boasts eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time.
Google has also announced their Chrome Web Store for web applications (both free and paid ones) that users can install and run the web applications unique to Google Chrome. Developers can also create apps for the Chrome Web Store and if they charge for the apps, they can choose to use either Chrome Web Store payments or their own custom payment system.
Source: Official Google Blog