Google’s most recent update to Chrome OS (Dev mode) has brought GSM support for the Gobi 3G chip in the CR-48 Chrome notebook. It hadn’t been tried and tested yet, but today we received am email from Hexxeh letting us know that he has actually succeeded in switching his CR-48 to GSM mode. But that’s not the best part; Hexxeh also confirms that it is now possible to use the CR-48 on the AT&T network.
So, it has been over a week since Google announced the Chrome Web Store. We’ve even written a guide on what we believe are the 10 best Web Applications thus far. Even so, a quick perusal of the Chrome OS forums reveals that not everyone is particularly knowledgeable as to what the Web Store is and how it works. We’ve had individuals who have never used the Chrome Browser and have recently received the CR-48 Chrome Notebook and have no clue what the difference between a Web App and Chrome extension is.
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:
The CR-48 Chrome Notebook which was released by Google last week (for beta testing Chrome OS) has certainly hogged the news in the last few days. Many blogs have been reviewing it’s hardware, scrutinizing it’s every attribute so much that one wonders if we’ve all forgotten the point of why it was released to begin with. So, going back to basics; I found a great tutorial that Google made on how to enter developer mode in the CR-48. So for all the ‘real’ beta testers out there, hope you find this useful:
Google has been all out this week marketing their new baby ;’Chrome OS’. It’s almost as if Android doesn’t exist anymore judging by the amount of publicity their new operating system has been receiving.
Chrome OS is indeed the operating system for the lazy man. In the above video, Google shows off how their new operating system automatically updates not only itself, but all the apps within the OS are updated each time the Chrome Notebook is turned on.
If there is any such thing, this video is definitely the definitive ‘Chrome Notebooks for dummies’. Google has taken time to explain how Chrome Notebooks (rather than Chrome OS Netbooks) will operate. The big questions I have heard from a lot of potential Chrome OS users is; ‘how is a Chrome Notebook actually different from my current netbook’. Well, Google will believes they have the answer.
Among the many features that Google showed off yesterday during the launch of the Chrome OS Beta was ‘Sync’. This feature will be enabled by default in all Chrome OS devices but would have to be enabled in the Chrome Browser (see tutorial below). Sync is basically Google’s attempt to decentralize the user’s experience from a specific machine to allowing the user to experience the same UI and settings no matter what machine they log on to. See the above video for a great explanation of how this works.
Around this time last year Google released the Chromium OS source code. Ever since then there have been many ups and downs, rumours and counter rumours surrounding the official launch of Google’s new operating system; Chrome OS.
As most of you developers already know, Google released their developer preview of the Chrome Web store a few weeks ago. Already a lot of people in Google’s Chromium OS Dev channel have been jostling for the opportunity to try out their Web Apps in the Web Store.
The major improvement in this new build of Chrome OS over the previous builds is that it supports most of the WiFi chipsets. This new build also has a slight improvement in speed and a new boot time splash screen.