This browser-based OS has its Chrome browser mounted on Linux Kernel Created especially for computers of new age. Chrome OS’s origins are unclear. Jeff Nelson, a former Google engineer, claimed to have developed the original technology, code named “Google OS”, described as “a web app-centric hopped-down Linux with a Chrome browser front-end”.
Google released the source code for Chrome OS in July 2009 under the BSD license as part of a larger project called Chromium. This web-centric OS is so lean that boot time is about seven seconds. It works well with many of Google’s popular software applications. It is fast and less memory-intensive, enabling users to access the web in a few seconds. This OS offers more speed, more simplicity and more security as compared to other operating systems. Chrome OS is hardware specific thus it only works on a narrow range of evices.
Currently, devices that uses Chrome OS are, Chromebook Chromebox Cr-48 prototype the Google’s first Chromebook, which was launched on December 7, 2010. The machine was named after Chromium-48 and designed by Google and manufactured by Inventec. It was not made available for sale to the general public. Approximately 60,000 Cr48 notebooks were manufactured. It was distributed by Google between December 2010 and April 201 1 to participants in the Chrome OS Pilot Program.
The first two commercially available Chromebooks was manufactured y Samsung and Acer, were announced on May 1 1, 2011 at the Google 1/0 developer conference. Currently companies like Lenovo, LG too have joined in the venture of manufacturing Chrome books. The future of Google chrome OS seems promising. Android is the most popular mobile-computing platform around, and Google is getting very serious about having Chrome OS and Android work together. Moreover, more and more android applications are getting available for Chrome books. Thus, you can expect chrome OS to monopolize the note book market very soon.