Some of you may remember that a month or so ago we had the chance to interview ‘Hexxeh’ (Liam McLoughlin) who is by far the most recognizable Chromium OS developer thus far. He has compiled such great Chromium OS distributions as Chromium OS Cherry, Flow, and Vanilla. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his thoughts regarding the recent release of the Chrome OS Beta and the unveiling of Google’s CR-48 Chrome Notebook.
“Along with thousands of random and unaffiliated pilot beta testers, the following corporate workers will be helping Google get a shine on the Chrome: reservation agents at American Airlines; the engineering, sales and marketing teams of Logitech; the sales team and store employees of Jason’s Deli; the hotel suites and call centers of Intercontinental Hotel Group; the production line employees at Kraft Foods; and every single employee of Virgin America — including the pilots.” Yes, I too hope that it is not while flying!
As Google battles to reach it’s target deployment of over 60,000 CR-48 Chrome Notebooks, it seems that the company has only managed to ship out almost 14,000 as of today. This is according to the latest figures from the ‘CR-48 Shipping Tracker’ Web App. Last week we reported how only 1/10 of CR-48′s had been shipped, it seems as if the number has more than doubled in the last few days . Of -course 14,000 notebooks may sound like a small number, but taking into consideration that Google is giving these away for free to start off their Chrome OS Beta testing program; it is arguable that the internet giant is doing well so far.
It has been over a week since Google revealed their Chrome OS Beta program and the much rumoured CR-48 Chrome Notebook. Many thousands have already received the device; even-so Google is still to send out about 50,000 more of these! Because the CR-48 is only a beta device, Google included a ‘jailbreak’ or ‘developer mode’ switch which effectively makes it possible to do anything with the to (reportedly one can install any OS onto it).
One of our members in the Chrome OS forums told us about a nice little posting that he made on his personal blog. He (vmtcom) took the time to catalogue all the shortcut keys on the CR-48 Chrome Notebook. As we know, the CR-48′s keybord is very much different from your average keyboard. After-all, Google did away with the caps-lock key and instead replaced it with a search key. So if you are still attempting to master using your keyboard, why not check out this little table which should help you through:
We’ve all heard of the recently revealed ‘CR-48 Tracker’ Web App which does exactly that; it tracks the UPS delivery of CR-48 Chrome Notebooks. by running a simple search for all the CR-48?s that are currently in transit within a given city, or by entering a Zip Code, you can see if there are any CR-48?s destined for your neighbourhood. I did a quick search for Birmingham Alabama (not that I’n from there) and here’s what I got:
Over the last few days a few daring individuals have began to sell their CR-48 Chrome Notebooks on Ebay! It is understandable why this is quite a lucrative black market. After-all, Google is giving them out for free just in the USA to a select 60,000 users. In essence, they have created immense value for a product that they initially issued for Beta testing purposes only.
Brad Caris, one of the members of our Chrome OS Forums shared with us a ton of pictures showing his dissection of the CR-48 Chrome Notebook. There has been a lot of debate as to what the specifications of this device actually are; well Brad put all that debate to rest by cataloging each major component part of the notebook (read more about the CR-48 specs here).
One of the users (Brad Caris) in our Chrome OS forums who was lucky enough to receive a CR-48 Chrome Notebook has shared with us what he believes are the full specifications of the device. How does he know? Well, he took the device apart of course, piece by piece! Hopefully the below information will rest a lot of debates and speculation as to what Chrome Notebook is actually made up of!
More and more users in our forums are beginning to receive their CR-48 Chrome Notebooks. It’s as if manna is falling from heaven! One user though (InlineSkate) wrote a short and sweet review of his personal experiences with his Chrome Notebook. He goes through all the major issues from the device’s build quality to a look into the usability of the current Chrome OS Beta. Check out his review below and don’t forget to also join our growing community.
It has long been Google’s dream to produce what they call the ‘disposable computer’. We’ve heard Eric Schmidt talk about it on various occasions in reference to the upcoming Chrome OS powered notebooks. Well it seems like Google may have just succeeded in demonstrating that the ‘disposable computer’ can be a reality. Check out the video above to see how Google is now marketing this revolutionary concept to the masses.
The first user submitted photo’s of the CR-48 Chrome Notebook are beginning to trickle in as a number of people have began to receive the device in the post. We have already shared with you the latest video unboxing of the device. It seems like Engadget was lucky enough to receive these first few pictures.