“Google at its Chrome event today unveiled Cr-48, a testbed netbook for Chrome OS. The 12-inch system is designed for early adopters willing to use Chrome OS in its beta state. It comes completely unbranded and has design touches rare on other netbooks, including an Apple-style clickable trackpad and a full keyboard that omits some traditional keys, such as Caps Lock and function keys,” Electronista reports.
“As part of the news, however, Google revealed that its plans had been set back for a commercial launch. It admitted that some features, such as Cloud Print and USB storage, were in beta or otherwise unfinished,” Electronista reports. “There was ‘some time left to go,’ it said. Acer and Samsung had committed to launching Chrome OS systems but now won’t ship them until mid-2011, or almost a year later than planned. ARM also would have to wait for future development, but the platform isn’t locked to x86.”
Electronista reports, “The goals set back competition with Apple and Microsoft. Windows had already been in the same space through netbooks, but Apple is already preempting the the ultra-lightweight, web-focused category with the iPad and more recently the 11-inch MacBook Air.”
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