Tech giant Google has made a major step forward into the computer OS world with the release of the Google Chromebook! Normally you would use your computer to store all your images, music and videos – but this taps into the power of cloud computing which stores all of your data on a network.
I think this is an excellent concept..
These will be cheap computers that last a full days charge and that strip away all the excess and leave you with nothing but the web
Your data is synchronised online so you can access it from ANY Chrome computer. Meaning if you lose or break your computer – you lose NONE of your data. I personally think, this is going to revolutionise the way we do computing forever.
The technology has existed for some years now and there are many cloud computing services around for various purposes. However, this (I believe) is the first fully fledged service whereby a company has partnered up with computer manufacturers to provide a service on mass to the general public. Google’s current partners are Acer and Samsung and the two companies have released their first laptops to join the new Chromebook wars.
The current computers don’t appear to have the full ‘all day’ battery life promised by Google, but I am sure that will change. They DO come with built in 3G and Wi-Fi though.
My only problem with this at the moment is – INTERNET SPEEDS AREN’T FAST ENOUGH YET!!
If like me, you are someone who regularly takes photos and videos, you can soon rack up some whopping gigabytes of data, which would take forever to upload using today’s average connections. I use one of the ‘average’ broadband connections @ 20MBps which has painfully slow upload speeds for files upwards of 500MB, never mind trying to upload my entire photo collection (30,000+ photos) or my music. This is the only thing which would hold me back from using a computer which solely relies on cloud networks. Lets not even go there with current 3G speeds and connectivity!
Eventually when we catch up with Japan and South Korea’s average upload and download speeds, it’ll definitely be worth looking at. For now, I shall observe the developments and get back to debating whether to get an iPad!
Should companies like Microsoft and Apple be scared? I think so!
What do you think?