Google Tries to Revive Chrome OS By Making It Look More Like Windows
April 10, 2012 10:11 AM
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Aura UI looks a lot like Windows 8 Desktop, will deploy to all Chromebooks except CR-48
Even as Microsoft Corp. (
) heads in
bold new directions
with its user interface (UI) in the Metro UI powered
, Google Inc. (
) is looking (unofficially, of course) to the veteran software giant for inspiration.
Google's Chrome OS project has been more or less a flop. While exact sales numbers are hard to come by, the project was
only backed by two manufacturers
-- specifically Acer Inc. (
) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
). Launching mid-summer in 2011, Chrome OS felt buggy and incomplete.
While it came packaged in a number of nice netbooks, the
was hampered by the inability to connect properly to token-authenticated networks commonly encountered at coffeehouses. Coupled with poor publicity these issues led Acer to reportedly only sell 5,000 "Chromebooks" (Chrome OS notebooks) in 2011,
But at CES 2012, Google seemed
intent not to give up
, working with Samsung to announce new models.
Now a bit more of its plans for a Chrome OS revital have come to light. Google is freshening up the mobile PC operating system with a fresh taskabar-enabled user interface, complete with a positively Windows-like right hand notification area and pinned program icons in the lower left hand span of the taskbar.
Chrome's Aura UI looks awfully similar to Windows 8 Desktop.
[Image Source: Google (bottom), Tinkertry (top)]
Like Windows 8's desktop, the new Google UI has a taskbar, but lacks any sort of "Start Menu" so to speak. Really, Windows 8's desktop and the new Chrome OS UI, dubbed Aura UI, are spitting images of one another. The only real visual difference is the lack of a shade back to the taskbar in Google's UI. However, a Windows-like shaded backing to the taskbar is added when Browser Windows are active
Google goes Windows. [Image Source: Google]
Google brags that the new Windows-like interface offers "rich visuals, large-scale animated transitions and effects that can be produced only with the assistance of hardware acceleration" and should "provide the foundation of a flexible windowing system and shell for Chrome and ChromeOS on a variety of form factors."
The program icons are reminiscent of Android or iOS, but lack the cutting edge feel of Metro UI's LIVE Tiles. [Image Source: Google]
The update is currently in the Dev channel and should be rolled out to all Acer and Samsung Chromebooks in the wild shortly. The
early prototype CR-48 Chromebooks
, which Google handed out to promote/test the platform, will not be eligible for the UI upgrade as they lack sufficient hardware to support it. Google clarifies that, "They will continue to receive security and critical updates as necessary."
And it tells CR-48 owners to hang on, stating, "We’ll bring CR-48 devices back onto the release train after this release."
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Sure they copied....
4/10/2012 2:49:42 PM
You're doing it wrong!
Everyone copies to some degree but then you are supposed to copy the good stuff and then add your own better stuff to it.
They stole torn tabs from IE (pretty good stuff there)
The start menu from Windows (just as MS itself is going away from it)
The desktop of Windows 3.x ?
Then they added.... ???
I expected Chrome OS to struggle with the 'always connected' limitations. I'm stunned that Google is so uncreative with the rest of the OS. We haven't even gotten to the part where it does "real os" stuff like handle USB, multimon, devices ... etc.
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