The rumors are beginning to swirl as Google's operating system called Chrome begins to see market penetration on the not so distant horizon. Just to avoid confusion, Google also has a browser called Chrome. The OS and the browser share a lot in common, but are different animals. The Chrome OS Netbook called the Cr-48 is now out of beta testing and may be headed to stores sooner as opposed to later.
The rumor I find the most intriguing is that Samsung may well be the first company to bring a Chrome OS device to market. They've obviously done a pretty good job working with Google on their other operating system, Android. Samsung has sold a ton of phones that run Google's portable operating system. It seems that Samsung has been working on a device that is known internally as "Alex". While this alone isn't a big deal, check out this little bit of info form a Chromium Google Doc:
TEST=gft_hwcomp.py *DEV* # *DEV* contains all '*'
# seeing PCI fields not '*'.
A sample output on Alex, with approved_componenets=all '*':
'part_id_3g': ['05c6:9244 Qualcomm Incorporated Qualcomm Gobi 2000'],
'part_id_audio_codec': ['Realtek ALC272'],
'part_id_cpu': ['Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N550 @ 1.50GHz'],
'part_id_ec_flash_chip': ['Macronix MX25L1005'],
'part_id_embedded_controller': ['SMSC FDC37M81x (id=0x4d, rev=0x01)'],
'part_id_ethernet': ['0b95:7720 ASIX Elec. Corp. AX88x72A'],
'part_id_flash_chip': ['Macronix MX25L3205'],
'part_id_hwqual': ['SAMSUNG ALEX DEV 6916'],
'part_id_storage': ['ATA SanDisk SSD P4 1'],
'part_id_usb_hosts': ['8086:27cc 8086:27cb 8086:27ca 8086:27c9 8086:27c8'],
'part_id_webcam': ['2232:1013 Namuga WebCam SC-13HDO10B39N'],
'vendor_id_touchpad': ['SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad'],
That's right. Right there in the middle is "Samsung Alex".
Here are the rumored specs:
- 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550 processor
- SAnDisk SSD (solid state drive)
- Syaptic touchpad
- Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card
- 2 GB RAM
At t his point, I'm finding this thing intriguing, to say the least. More info should continue to leak out, but if you're in the market for a netbook... you might want to hold off a little bit longer. I would.