With Chrome OS coming out soon and a tablet version in the works, here are some of the things I’d like to see make the cut. Granted, most of these things likely wouldn’t be seen on a low-price tablet, they’re nevertheless things that should be offered on some models. 4G and WiFi – Connection is everything to the Chrome OS …
Google has stopped all shipments of CR-48 Chrome Notebooks to users in the USA. This unfortunately also comes as bad news for Google fans outside the USA who have been awaiting the extension of the pilot program to their countries.
Yesterday Google released a ‘major’ update for Chrome OS which they hope will fix the trackpad issues that have plagued the CR-48 among other things. This brings Chrome OS to R10 (release 0.10.156.46). Here are the cool changes that you should expect to see:
Yes, Google is at it again! It seems like giving out Chrome Notebooks at large events has become their trademark style. Just a month or two ago, Google also shelled out a few hundred of these devices to a school and more recently they partnered with a couple of App developers who were given the opportunity to give these devices away to their customers.
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!
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.
Google has taken it’s PR offensive to the classroom by offering hundreds of CR-48′s to four chosen schools in the USA. Teachers and pupils recieved one free Chrome notebook each in what seems to be another huge PR campaign by the company. Just a few days ago we announced that they had partnered with a number of companies for what seems to be the largest CR-48 give away since the beta program began.
Yes, you you read correctly; the ‘Google CR-48 Tracker’ that has kept our hopes going for the last few months has finally kicked the bucket. Kaput, it’s over! At least this is according to a message on thew website’s homepage:
Today Google released their latest build of Chrome OS, bumping it up to version 0.10.156.1. The new build aims to fix a plethora of issues (that you can read more about here). According to a blog post by a Google employee (Jason Kersey), this update should be available to all those who are using their Chrome notebook in Dev mode.
As Google begins to roll out it’s new shipments of CR-48 Chrome notebooks they are also embarking on a rather ambitious PR campaign. Today we received an email from LucidChart letting us know that Google has partnered with them (along with a number of select Web Apps) in what promises to be the biggest CR-48 give-away contest yet:
If there is one thing the Google ChromeOS Cr-48 doesn’t do, that most think it should, it’s run streaming video from Netflix. I’ve never seen this as a big problem, but I know there are lots of people that want to watch video on their computers. The Cr-48 can handle running streaming video from Hulu and I was able to …