The Google Chromebook could have been so Much More!
You might have heard that the Google Chromebook will be launched on June 15 this year. I’m rather excited but also pretty disappointed. If you watch the video above you can see the huge potential of an operation system that hosts your data and applications online.
The main consideration is actually a physical one. The ability to have a light weight OS running on an equally light weight computer, makes the Chromebook probably a generation ahead of a Mac OS Lion and MacBook Air combo. In fact the physical manifestation of the computer that houses the Chrome OS can be almost anything the user requires. How amazing is that?
So concurrent to the launch of the Chrome OS, there could have been a huge opportunity to define a brand new laptop/netbook archetype! Imagine an awesomely designed ultra thin notebook, or tablet, or a hybrid of both, that could have rivaled even the next generation MacBook Airs? How about a fashion and materials driven communications tool? The opportunities are endless.
Unfortunately for us, the Chrome OS gets married with dinky el-cheapo Netbooks from Samsung or Acer. They could have done a Google Nexus equivalent with the Chromebooks, but instead we got a merger of new world technology with an outdated body.
What an anti-climax. But this is what you get when have one group of people design the software, and another group design the hardware.