No Google Chrome OS devices for at least the "next few months"

No Google Chrome OS devices for at least the "next few months"

Summary: Hoping to get your hands on a Google Chrome OS-powered device over the holidays? Forget about it! Google CEO Eric Schmidt has killed that dream stone dead.

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Hoping to get your hands on a Google Chrome OS-powered device over the holidays? Forget about it! Google CEO Eric Schmidt has killed that dream stone dead.

Speaking to journalists during a Q&A session at the Web 2.0 Summit on November 15th, Schmidt said that devices running the new platform won't be available for at least the "next few months."

Google misses the critical holiday period.

We first heard about Chrome OS back in July of 2009, and Google went as far as to announce a whole raft of hardware partners. Later that year (November 19th) Google had a further announcement, unveiling more details about the OS. Back then Google claimed that the OS was a year away ...

... fast forward a year later and there's a last-minute announcement that Chrome OS has been mysteriously delayed.

So far Google is silent as to the reason for the delay, and OEMs aren't saying anything either on or off the record.

Topics: Browser, Google, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Poor DonnieBoy!

    Poor DonnieBoy ... what WILL he do during Xmas this year now that his holy grail isn't shipping in time?

    Poor chap.
    bitcrazed
    • Maybe he'll but a netbook just to put Chrome OS on it

      or maybe he'll get an Android Tablet.<br><br>(You can get Chrome OS, it just isn't ready for prime time yet)
      Michael Alan Goff
    • I'm surprised he isn't here yet

      @bitcrazed

      Spamming the board with bull. Usually any blog mentioning "Google", he is on like horse flies on dog.... well you know.

      Eitherway, to pre-empt him, no it won't kill Windows
      People won't be switching to it in droves
      It won't kill Office
      blah, blah, blah...
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: No Google Chrome OS devices for at least the

      @bitcrazed

      What he always does. Download another distro, recompile another very trailing edge app and dream of all the modern software and games he can't have.

      But let me step in for him.

      Google only delays things to make them more AWESOME!!!

      Let me guess, it's another beta?

      ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • ChromeOS is probably not for me, as I can probably not use it as a

      deveopment platform. I am more interested in seeing how it works for the typical non-technical user. I might eventually buy a ChromeOS box, as an extra browsing station to have in the house, but not in a big hurry. Thanks for your true felt concern in any case!!!!!
      DonnieBoy
      • Come on DB, you're no developer

        so it doesn't matter what you use :)
        John Zern
      • John Zern: Yes, it does matter what I use. Currently Ubuntu works VERY well

        for what I need to do. I develop software in C/C++ that runs on Linux/Unix. Ubuntu works very well for that.

        Now, for an extra PC in the house for people to use to do email, facebook, music, watch videos, etc, a ChromeOS computer might be just the thing. Very secure, very functional. Google will make sure that it comes with all the codecs required.
        DonnieBoy
    • Holy Grail? I think it's called &quot;vaporware&quot; at the moment

      bitcrazed, as it was due out now, but its just vaporware right now.
      John Zern
      • It is not vaporware

        http://getchrome.eu/

        It just isn't ready for prime time yet.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Still guys, try to calm down. a delay of a couple of months is NOTHING

        compared to the YEARS that Vista was late. If ChromeOS really comes out years late, bloated, buggy, and insecure, like Vista, then you can start screaming about how bad ChromeOS is, and I will join you, as I have in criticizing the current crop of Android tablets, and how Gingerbread is late.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: No Google Chrome OS devices for at least the

        @goff256
        That's not the real ChromeOS, which has no desktop or other apps. Get the real deal here:
        http://chromeos.hexxeh.net
        daengbo
      • My point still remains

        That you can get it, ergo.... not vaporware.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • Why do we even need it?

    And who in their right mind would trust Google of all companies with their data?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Given that people trust Google more than Microsoft, quite a few will trust.

      People use Google for search because they trust Google. Windows propeller heads screaming loudly that Google can not be trusted is largely ignored by the masses.
      DonnieBoy
      • I use Google from time to time, and I don't trust them...

        Using a product or a service does not mean that you trust them.

        Google is like the national highway system, where people who have become familiar with it would be very hesitant about using a set of newly developed roads. It takes time for people to familiarize themselves with the alternatives and gain trust. However, people already know Google, and a great many of them are leery of Google, but, since it's still the biggest game in town and people are familiar with it, it will continue to be used.

        Google became the number 1 search engine way before baby Bing was even a twinkle on father Ballmer's eyes. Having a huge head start means the people will use what there is, and especially when what "there is" is the biggest. It's not a matter of trust; it's a matter of using what people have become familiar and "comfortable" with, even though people suspect that their data and search habits are being recorded and exploited.
        adornoe
      • You have your answer

        NT
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Google is finding out...

    Google is currently in the process of finding out that you can't just whip together an OS in a year or two that is going to replace Windows. Especially since basically you are saying that it will be a subset of what Windows can do, and that you can't run any real applications on it.

    How many times do we have to go through this: Web applications are sad substitutes for native applications, and always will be. Only idiots think that reducing your user experience to a tiny subset of what it is currently capable of would think that Chrome OS is a good idea.

    FAIL
    Qbt
    • Wrong

      @Qbt <br><br>For what the average user does (which isn't play games, or edit videos, or record music), cloud based computing is great. Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets--these are all doable (and have been getting done) in the cloud. <br><br>If a system can go from cold to ready in a matter of seconds to allow access to your data, that's awesome, is it not? Couple that with the average user, and you have Chrome OS. <br><br>What's not a "good idea" about that? <br><br>Google having your data is no different from your ISP having your data since you presumably use them for your DNS server (psst: I use Google--it's faster). <br><br>So...ummm...yeah...what's not a good idea about that?

      Final Thought: If you don't want your data being "had" don't use the internet...then, it'll be safely with you...right?
      GSystems
      • Extra Wrong

        @G-Systems

        "<i>For what the average user does (which isn't play games, or edit videos, or record music), cloud based computing is great. Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets--these are all doable (and have been getting done) in the cloud.</i>"

        Until the very first time these same users <b>do</b> want to do something that crippled web apps can't do. Then these very same users will suddenly figure out what the return policy is...

        "<i>If a system can go from cold to ready in a matter of seconds to allow access to your data, that's awesome, is it not? Couple that with the average user, and you have Chrome OS.</i>"

        Who cares about boot time? Seriously? If you make your computer platform choices on something as irrelevant as boot time, then I guess you deserve what you get. Especially since if you use the computer's sleep function, the computer wakes up within a few seconds.

        "<i>What's not a "good idea" about that?</i>"

        Actually, there isn't anything good about it. It is a sad subset of what my computer can do today. Feel free to limit yourself though, if you feel that is in any way "progress".

        "<i>Google having your data is no different from your ISP having your data since you presumably use them for your DNS server...</i>"

        LOL, I can see why you are so excited about Google - you can't tell the difference between Google having your data and your ISP having it. Here is a clue: Google's core business is based on having your data and mining it for their own benefit. My ISP's business model is only based on moving my data from point A to point B.

        Chrome OS will go down in history as one gigantic FAIL. Nothing you have said, or anyone else, has provided one single advantage of Chrome OS vs Windows 7. My browser already does "Chome OS". Why dumb down my computer experience to clumsy web-apps only?
        Qbt
      • I think the idea is that the future is mobile

        And Windows doesn't play well with lower powered mobile devices. Windows 7 on a netbook will run, and will run decently. Will it be as snappy as Chrome OS? I doubt it very much, as Windows is a desktop OS.

        That isn't a bad thing, it's just a fact.
        Michael Alan Goff