|Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Friday, 18 March 2011|
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Google CR-48 Detailed Features
The external of the CR-48 while nice is not what all of the hype surrounding this system is about. Rather it is Googles Chrome OS that runs on it that has many users excited. This is one of Google's newest creations and the CR-48 was their way of getting the kinks out of the system. The Chome OS is a cloud computing based operating system, in which none of the user's data is stored locally but rather stored out in the cloud. This means that users will not listen to music directly off your system but rather stream it, they will edit their documents in Google Documents, and rather than watching your movies off of discs or HDD they will stream it from services like Hulu.
When users start the CR-48 for the first time they are greeted with a very user-friendly first time configuration screen. From here you can control many aspects of the CR-48's operation including touchpad sensitivity, keyboard language (including dvorak), and your browsing experience.
Anytime a new empty tab is opened, the Chrome OS brings up the your "home" page. This contains any applications you have installed off the web store, and any tabs you recently closed.
The Chrome Web Store still has a long way to go, with many of its applications being little more than glorified bookmarks. The potential is there, but currently it really is not being used. Extensions on the other hand can help augment your experience, but even then it is nothing revolutionary. None the less I expect the Chrome web store to shape up to become something very important in the next couple of years so don't count it out of the game yet.