Google starts Chrome OS pilot by giving away Cr-48 laptop

By on December 8, 2010
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Acer and Samsung will bring their Chrome OS powered laptops early next year

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Google, at a press event yesterday, announced a pilot program for their upcoming Chrome OS and named Acer and Samsung as manufacturers ready with laptops in the first half of next year. The Pilot program, initially rolled out in the US with more countries to follow will provide lucky testers with a Google Cr-48 laptop and a pre-beta of Chrome OS. Apply here.

Here is the official blurb from Google.

We’re not done yet, but Chrome OS is at the stage where we need feedback from real users. Some of the features of Chrome OS require new hardware, but we didn’t want to sell pre-beta computers. Instead we’re launching a pilot program where we will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses. We’re starting with the U.S. and will expand to other countries once we get the necessary certifications. To participate in the pilot program, visit the Chrome notebook website.

The test notebooks exist only to test the software—they are black, have no branding, no logos, no stickers, nothing. They do have 12.1 inch screens, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. Chrome notebooks are designed to reach the web instantly, are easy to share among friends and family, and simply by logging in, all of your apps, bookmarks and other browser settings are there. Setting up a new machine takes less than a minute. And even at this early stage, we feel there is no consumer or business operating system that is more secure.

In the first half of next year Chrome notebooks will be available for sale from Acer and Samsung. More manufacturers will follow. Also, Chrome OS is designed to work across a wide range of screen sizes and form factors, enabling our partners to deliver computing devices beyond notebooks.


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