Google has (finally) formally acknowledged the recent ‘Spamgate’ which saw hundreds of emails inundating users’ accounts on Saturday morning. These emails were of-course to do with Google’s newly created CR-48 Group which according to them should have been released next week. Everything went topsy when a user discovered the group and started a chain reaction which lead to everyone in the Chrome OS Beta program receiving hundreds of unwanted emails.
We’ve received a number of complaints from CR-48 owners today regarding a barrage of emails that they received this morning. These emails were updates to posts made in a Chrome OS forum. Most users figured that the emails were coming from Chrome OS Lounge; which kinda makes sense as it is the main CR-48 community that could sprang to mind. It turns out the culprit was Google!
Hexxeh has done it again; a few days ago came ‘Luigi’ and now he’s hacked his CR-48 Chrome Notebook to run Android OS. You may remember that a few months ago he even hacked an Ipad so that it could run Chromium OS. We recieved the news with much schepticism but it turns out he actually did it!
There are plenty of reviews of the new Cr-48 Chrome notebook running Chrome OS. I’m not going to duplicate that. I’ve found that some of the major tips on how things work are a bit scattered, so I thought it would be good to compile them into one place. This guide is designed to get you productive on the Cr-48 quickly.
We all know about the CR-48 tracker web app which has become the source of hope for all those who are still anticipating to take part in Google’s Beta program. Even so, the tracker app is admittedly boring and arguably ‘un-inventive’. Well, it was just a matter of time until someone decided to jazz it up. The idea was simple; ‘why not use Google Earth to visually represent all the CR-48 Shipments around the USA’.
“Will it blend?” – Well, this is the question the guys at Blendtec will try to answer in the above video. It seems like they have finally chosen to feature the Google CR-48 Chrome Notebook in their ever-so bizarre initiation. Why do I say it’s an initiation? Well, all the major consumer electronics from the Ipad to Guitar Hero (yes you read that correctly) have gone through this right of passage!
With almost 14,000 of these Chrome OS powered Notebooks out there, Google’s CR-48 pilot scheme is proving to be a massive success. Even so, there have been questions asked as to what Google plans to do with the other 46,000 of these devices that it hasn’t yet shipped. It’s either, they are planning on slowly releasing them (as they have been doing) or they may have even bigger plans in store.
Due to popular demand we have opened a Google CR-48 dedicated forum at our sister site; Chrome OS Lounge. This will allow all the people who are just joining the Chrome OS Beta program to talk specifically about their issues and views about the CR-48 Chrome Notebook and also to get help with any technical issues you may be facing.
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).
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:
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).
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.