Last week Google announced its new toy—what is already known as Chromebook (because it uses Chrome OS as its operating system), which will be manufactured by Samsung and will allow the brand’s operating system to reach a greater audience with the appeal that the majority of its services work directly from the cloud.
Although at first glance it seems like just another laptop, the idea is different regarding data storage and personalization of the device itself—it focuses on cloud storage, but really takes it beyond that. Google claims Chromebook is the computer for the on-the-go user of the 21st century, creating a physical portal to apps and files stored on remote servers.
Logically, as it is designed for storing data and programs online, this new line of laptops will include WiFi and 3G versions, allowing you to make use of all its features wherever you may be without having to deal with cables or the reach of your router. Google will also offer a series of various flexible Internet connection plans.
Chromebooks run applications from the net. Chrome OS is an operating system with a Linux heart. It allows you to use all kinds of software directly from the Google Chrome browser, thanks to the benefits of HTML 5 technology and the ability to download all kinds of utilities from the Chrome Web Store, which follows in the trail of the modus operandi in smart phones, where Google Play and Apple’s AppStore are the driving force behind these types of machines.
The new Samsung Chromebook 3G has a screen size of 11.6”, an Exynos 5 Dual 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB Bluetooth Flash hard drive, HDMI output, and a 1.1Kg/0.8cm thick VGA camera. The connection services offered in the U.S. are operated by Verizon and sell for $249. At the moment there’s no information regarding its sale in other countries, although just like what happened with previous models, sooner or later it will happen.
Thanks to storing apps in the cloud, Chromebook starts up in just 10 seconds, and has many features aimed towards productivity and speed of use, such as for example the Chrome Instant feature, which makes websites that you visit most frequently start loading while you are still typing in the URL. Instantaneous is the word to sum up its features.
Another interesting point about this cloud storage concept is that because your data isn’t stored on the actual device, they are more secure than with any conventional computer. On one hand you avoid the risk of physically breaking the device, and on the other the possibility of your operating system becoming infected with a virus is practically out of the question, so much so that it won’t be necessary to install any antivirus because Chromebooks are designed following the principle “defense-in-depth” strategy with log on verifications and data encryption.