Google Drive and Your Chromebook – The Secret of “Vermont”

Google really wants to keep things secret, but since Chromium is an opensource project things eventually leak here and there. Here is the latest from this collection!

“Vermont” is code name for one secret project that Google is working on. Reading through the Chromium code base, it gives the picture of a service linking your Google Data to your Chromebook. To make it easy to understand, lets compare it to “Dropbox”. If they are working on something similar to “Dropbox” it should have a connection with “Google Drive” too, right? Yes, because we hear more and more about “Google Drive” these days.

The “Vermont” Mentions

There are only very few mentions of “Vermont” on the codebase. However, they have added a “Label” called Vermont and that makes me think that this is not just a mention of something but an important sub-project.

One bug says “Over the past 2 days, I’ve been talking to Kan, Ken, and Nicholas about the future direction of the left panel with all the Vermont work coming, and we have all decided that we’d like to rename “Chromebook” to “Downloads” and update icon.”

My guess: The “download” folder of your Chromebook will seamlessly sync with a “Download” folder on your Google drive, a temporary place for file storage.

While discussing this on Google Plus, John Blossom asked, “What do they really mean when they say “bring all of our Google Data into a Chromebook”? It’s pretty much there already in the cloud.” That is a very important question, how important will be the role of local storage on Chromebook with this new project?

My guess on this: GDrive on Chromebook will work like Dropbox on Android. If you have used Dropbox on Android, you will get this idea fast. When you install the app on your phone, it lists all your folders. Nothing is available offline by default, it just shows you the index. If you need to open something, you download that particular file from the cloud – temporarily or make it available offline permanently, which will save that on your phone or SD Card.

Things are still not clear. However, in coming days, we will hear more about this project. Stay tuned!!!

Thanks François Beaufort, as always!!!

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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  • earls 15/02/2012, 7:24 pm

    Nice research, DINU, keep it up. 🙂

  • Ian Betteridge 15/02/2012, 8:34 pm

    My gut feeling is that it’ll be a little like Google Music. Anything you open (“play” on Gmusic) is cached locally on a temporary basis. But you can also “pin” files that you know you’ll want to have offline access to persistently.