Further moving forward on his diplomatic tour through Asia, Eric Schmidt excitedly advocated Google’s Chrome OS as a “high-profile” operation system for PC makers. Schmidt urged the industry to give the OS a try, repeatedly touting its fast boot up, no cost, virus free environment.
Vendors, however, don’t share his optimism, believing that Google needs to make an effort to provide more extensive resources and support for major players to hop on board. In addition, demand for devices like Chromebooks has been much lower than expected, causing companies to feel apprehensive about undertaking Chrome OS-based projects.
Acer and Samsung were the first to launch Chromebooks back in June of this year, but by the end of July, sales were far below expectations. Reports claim Acer only sold 5,000 units, while Samsung sold even less.
Analyzing Chromebooks’ difficult situation, the sources pointed out that although Google is mainly pushing Chromebooks in the enterprise market, its Google Docs applications cannot meet the needs of enterprise users, a DigiTimes report said.
Sources go on to say that a huge disadvantage with Chromebooks is that the OS relies heavily on an Internet connection – without Wi-Fi, it’s cloud computing capabilities are neutralized. Sure, some Chromebooks offer 3G, but not everyone gets a high quality connection or can afford a monthly plan. In addition, sources feel that while Google’s direction with cloud computing is the future, the company’s vision is too idealized.
It’s a tough sell for Mr. Schmidt, and consumers may not be ready for something like Chrome OS just yet. However, cloud computing is fast entering the mainstream vocabulary, so perhaps in a few years Chromebooks might really take off in the market. Google has managed to attract many companies with its mobile OS, can they do the same with personal computers?
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