Google Wants Chrome OS on Your Desktop PC But ……

We do not have much information about how many Chromebooks Samsung and Acer could sell so far. I am assuming that the numbers were not so great because we didnt see any excited announcements or press releases from any of these companies or Google.

Not even a tweet.

But still, Google wants PC makers try Chrome OS on desktops and they are not quite excited about this. Remember “Chromebox” from the Chromebooks launch keynote? This may be the device that they want to push to the market now.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, at speech in Taiwan on November 9, promoted Chrome OS in high-profile for the PC market, but PC players are rather pessimistic about the idea and believe if Google wants to cut into the PC market, the company will need to provide more resources and support.” writes Digitimes.

Now, here is the Digitimes comments about slow Chromebook sales.

However, due to demand for Chrome OS-based devices (Chromebooks) being lower than expected, PC players are taking a passive attitude toward opening projects. In June 2011, Acer and Samsung launched their Chromebooks ahead of other PC brand vendors, but by the end of July, Acer had reportedly only sold 5,000 units and Samsung was said to have had even lower sales than Acer, according to sources from the PC industry. However, Acer has declined to comment.

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 the enterprise users.

So, what do you think? Was Chromebook successful? Or was it too early for a Cloud based OS and computer? Do you have a Chromebook .. is it ready for a huge market?

Comments please!!

via Digitimes

In Category: Chromebook


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • exzhawk 11/11/2011, 8:22 pm

    I want to install Chrome OS on my laptop PC. Chrome OS has fascinating start speed and most thing I do on my PC is just visit the web. And since the Chrome OS is based on Linux(?), I think it’s not hard to be modified. I’ve got SSD drive. So how can I install Chrome/Chromium OS on my PC rather than on a virtual machine?

    • Dinu 12/11/2011, 1:39 am

      well, that’s a good option 🙂 I have detailed tutorials here if you need !

    • Andrew 25/11/2011, 9:45 pm

      If you can get Chromium running off a USB stick, you can then install it onto the HDD using the terminal.

      I turned my netbook (Samsung NC10) into a Chrom(ium)book and the computer itself cost nowhere near what an official Chromebook costs!

  • Dee 11/11/2011, 8:42 pm

    I have a chromebook and I absolutely love it! I feel like its the best kept secret though, because people are always like, “what’s that?” my response, “something that boots in 8 secs and gets me on my browser pronto”

    • Dinu 12/11/2011, 1:41 am

      lol 😀 I am dying to get my hands on one here!!! (I’m in India)

      • Unsolved Cypher 24/11/2011, 10:37 pm

        Why don’t you get someone from the US to buy one and ship it to you?

        • Dinu 24/11/2011, 10:38 pm

          I want one with 3G. I am worried if it doesnt work with the networks here in India?

          • Unsolved Cypher 24/11/2011, 10:46 pm

            I see. You aren’t the only one waiting, though. I think this would be great for my mother, since she isn’t too great with computers (I recently showed her that she could drag windows around with the blue bar). She doesn’t like laptops for their keyboards, touchpads, or small screens, so still waiting for the ChromeBox. I hope it comes soon, or I’ll get a Rasberry Pi!

          • Dinu 24/11/2011, 11:08 pm

            LOL !! good luck with that.. I am sure your mother will love a simplified computer…

  • Scot 11/11/2011, 9:16 pm

    I think it’s stuck between a rock and a hard place – the hardware released so far has been overpriced for mass market adoption, but if they were to lower the price to normal laptop levels then the amount of confused consumers wondering why they can’t run MS Word on it would ruin it.

    I think if they really want it to succeed they’d need to change tack – build really, really cheap devices at which point most people will realize that it’s a “limited” device (people don’t expect their Kindle to run Word). Something like the Raspberry Pi with a screen and keyboard. But then you’re competing with Android Tablets unless you have a reasonably large screen – maybe having a 2 OS strategy isn’t the brightest idea.

    • Dinu 12/11/2011, 1:42 am

      Google, do you hear us!!!!!! Chromebooks are overpriced !!!

      Please bring the price down to something that makes sense!!!

  • Mike 12/11/2011, 12:59 am

    I had big dreams of owning a chromebook, but. . . all the chrome images I tried on my laptop were less than impressive to be polite. When the chromebook finally did hit the market the data was not the only thing in the clouds. $499 for an el cheapo laptop – sheesh! I bought the laptop I’m presently using from Dell a year ago for $269. It has a gig of RAM and 160 gb hard drive. I’ve had 3 versions of ubuntu on it so far and it works great out of the box with very little tweaking required. With ubuntu ONE I have online storage to boot. Google needs to up the an-tee considerable before I’ll spend that much on a chromebook. Before they’ll be any threat to Windows or Macbooks they’ll have to give chromebooks away. When Elon Musk started PayPal he gave away all kinds of stuff, because he understands Internet marketing – after a couple years he was a billionaire. I thought the google boys were smart – they should understand that too.

    • Dinu 12/11/2011, 1:31 am

      I agree with your point on pricing. Everyone expected a better pricing from Google.

      Chromebooks were considered as laptops which can do limited things, but Google looked at it as laptops that can do “everything” on cloud may be that’s why the priced it high.

      I hope they reduce the price a bit to push more sales during the holiday season.


  • James 12/11/2011, 2:23 am

    Chrome is off to a slow start. Google and its partners priced it TOO HIGH for what it is.

    The same thing happened to the Android G1 and it took years for Android to penetrate the market. Give it some time. Next year maybe when the new ones come out.

    I own an Acer Chromebook and like it. But it is not worth what I paid for it. It should have been at least $100 cheaper.

  • Roog 12/11/2011, 2:44 am

    After using my Samsung Chromebook extensively since I purchased it last June, I agree with the criticisms mentioned your post, Dinu. I have had a great time using it – I love the instant on and the battery life. Most of the work I do is online, so I felt I was a good candidate to take it for a spin. I wasn’t looking to replace my Windows laptop and I didn’t expect that it would. Besides the battery life and instant on benefits, the security of Chrome OS can’t be overlooked – it is great not having to pay for security software, or maintain the free versions.

    I have, however, grown tired of crashed tabs. I sometimes grimace after clicking on a link wondering if it will be the one to crash the opened tabs. I use the stable version of Chrome, so I thought at some point the OS upgrades would minimize those events, to no avail. I have learned to minimize the loaded extensions and the number of open tabs to prevent the crashes – something I don’t have to worry about while using Chrome on my 5-year-old Windows PC or when I use Chrome on Ubuntu, both with the same amount of RAM as the Chromebook.

    I find it hard to believe that the Chromebook would be attractive to business enterprises or educational institutions. I can’t imagine being a college student doing research projects, opening tab after tab in fast succession, scanning, reading – all while dealing with the frustration of crashing tabs. I also agree with the quote in your post that mentions Google Apps not being powerful enough for many businesses.

    So, I hope Google does eventually pull off the Chromebook experiment with success. They need to develop Google Apps into a more powerful document creator and pronto. They also need to provide a more powerful Chromebook loaded with RAM at an affordable price.

  • Sherrell Padell 12/11/2011, 4:29 am

    I’d buy one in a heartbeat if the price we’re right.

  • Darren Lynn 12/11/2011, 7:39 am

    I have a cr-48 and was a part of beta the mane reason Chrome is failing is that it is priced to high it is only worth about $60.00 max. Also The chrome book needed to come with at least 4GB of irremovable flash drive built in. Google failed the people test as well. People need familiarity and in the case of chrome that meant a virtual desktop. Google needs to keep its eye on the browser, the browser is the OS and is the place to invest in virtual space. Much of the data collected by Google is still not synced. Like “add to dictionary” Cutting out fast flip was also a mistake as it was a tool both for consumers and analysts of media.

  • Jack Bunce 12/11/2011, 9:08 am

    I agree, the prices on the Chromebooks are too high.

    As for Chrome itself, I use it as my default browser on my Vista and Linux boxes. Google seems to have fixed the crashing tabs problem but I still get a lot of unresponsive page messages. So frustrating! And they even occur on static pages like PDFs — really Google what’s up with that!

    I have to open my Twitter stream in Firefox because if I do it in Chrome the browser becomes unusable due to unresponsive page messages. FWIW, I have 29 tabs open right now which is about normal for me with no crashes.

  • Daeng Bo 12/11/2011, 9:28 am

    I wish that Chrome OS would offer an installer similar to Splashtop or Wubi from Ubuntu, meaning that I could put Chrome OS on our computer lab computers without wiping Windows and upsetting the teachers who use that.

  • Guest 12/11/2011, 2:12 pm

    With low prices for Chromebooks and the possibility to install Chrome OS on every device (like JoliOS), it would be much better!

  • Shane 12/11/2011, 10:02 pm

    I think Google jumped the gun a bit on these. I was lucky enough to bet a CR48 last winter, and while I do like to use it, it’s woefully under-powered and simply wasn’t ready to prime-time. Yes, the newer versions are an improvement, they’re still not developed enough to be a true alternative to a netbook or regular laptop.

    I have faith that Chrome OS will survive and only get better, but it’s simply not “enough” just yet.

  • Dennis 13/11/2011, 8:22 am

    I just got a Acer Chromebook this week. I thought it would be perfect for my 80 year old mother. All she needed was email and web browser. Having a virtually self maintaing web browser would be the ticket. She lives across the country from me, so being able to support her with a remote desktop to help teach her would be ideal. The screen is also too small, so I bought an HDMI input 24″ 1080p TV set. I had the Chromebook shipped to me first, so I could set it up and become familiar enough with it to help her get started (she is not really computer literate).

    Well, I was disappointed. The Chromebook can not currently be the target of remote desktop (even though it can control another computer). The HDMI connection to the 1080p TV stretched out the current screen to the width of the TV — just causing a pixel level mismatch instead of a larger pixel desktop. So the screen is actually harder to read. What a lost opportunity on Google’s part by not having the right pieces in place at launch for this large need.

    I am now torn between keeping it and expecting that these pieces will be in place shortly, or to just send it back and wait for something that actually works. It scares me to keep it, because the low sales due to missing the functionality boat may mean that Google abandons the effort and it never does the job I bought it for.

  • Dain Binder 13/11/2011, 11:03 am

    I feel that is the primary issue is price. I was lucky to get in on the pilot program and got the Cr-48. I love it and Chrome OS and could not wait to buy one when they were officially launched.

    When the Acer and Samsung where announced I was highly disappointed with the price point. After much debate I did not purchase one. I finally ended up being persuaded when Google offered a $100 Amazon coupon for any Chromebook a few weeks ago. This brought the Acer Wi-Fi within range.

    To succeed these machines need to be at a $199 price for Wi-Fi and $249 for 3G. I would love to know if Google has any control over the hardware pricing. If so, or if not, they need to work something out to lower the up front cost to the consumer.

    Chromebooks and Chrome OS is ready! It just needs to get in more people’s hands. Many people are almost living in the cloud now, but do not really realize it.

  • Darren Lynn 25/11/2011, 2:41 am

    Chrome book is really unnecessary as the browser is the OS. Google is cutting some of its best tools. Fast flip is gone, Google Labs? Gone now Wave soon to go all this is frustrating to loyal users and will lead many to drop Google. I had hoped to see Google talk embedded in YouTube as a video chat function and the share space in YouTube integrated with the Wave tool/Plus#1 while linking the profile section to Orukt/Plus#1. Making Google a one stop interface.

  • Bobaloo 23/01/2012, 3:52 am

    I can’t speak of Chromebook’s future but that of the open source version of Chrome OS, (Chromium) seems hopeful. One excellent use for a PC running Chromium is as an HTPC. I’ve been using XBMC for the past 2 months and although I’ve mostly been happy with it and movies and music play great, there are some things about it that I absolutely hate. XBMC has a slick “looking” user interface but it’s clumsy and sluggish in practice. For one thing, I have to incur an annoying 20 or 30 second delay every time I click on something (waiting for a list to be generated). Another thing I hate is not being able to do multiple things at once. Need to access IMDB while in the middle of watching a movie? In XBMC, even if you’ve managed to install a browser, you can’t easily access it without interrupting the current operation (like playing a movie). With Chromium OS, everything changes–no longer do I witness long delays when interacting with the UI, a browser is always available and I can have as many browser tabs open at the same time as I want. Thus far, the only thing I haven’t figured out how to do with Chromium OS is access shares on my home network but that’s not a deal breaker for me. So why choose Chromium OS for an HTPC over say, Windows or a more general purpose Linux distro like Ubuntu? For me, the answer mostly comes down to simplicity–there’s nothing to “maintain”–and in addition, Chromium has lots of web apps in its “software store” to choose from that install fast and generally work as advertised. Of course if there’s not a specially made app for Chromium, you can generally just browse to the web site and bookmark it…

    For those interested, Chromium OS can be downloaded at It can easily be copied to a USB stick and either run from or installed from it. I chose to just boot from the USB stick as all changes that I make get saved to it. It’s like having two computers for the price of one. ;o)

  • John Yendt 03/02/2012, 10:00 am

    With the Ultra books starting to come, I would like to get a chromebook with the same specs (i.e. fast cpu, lots of memory, really long battery, thin and light). It should be a lot cheaper without the windows license and far less SSD required. This “ultrabook” would be great for travelers with the added bonus of very little worry about malware. The last thing I want while travelling is to have to deworm a windows OS.

  • Rui Edward Gouveia 13/02/2012, 6:32 am

    I own an Chromebook since midle of january 2012 and install on my desktop Chrome OS on 10/02/2012 and I’m very happy with the chromebook and so so happy with the chrome oS for the desktop there is some problem with the webcam and flash i have the same with the chromebook and solved by disable one flash player because there is 2 flash player installed on my chromebook. Overall i see Chrome OS on every desktop on a couple of years.