Cloud Computing: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Features Invite Hands-on Experience
SAN FRANCISCOGoogle Chrome Vice President Sundar Pichai regaled the Google I/O audience here May 11 with tales of the Samsung and Acer Chrome Operating System notebooks, which are each going on sale online June 15 from Amazon.com and Best Buy. These devices will also be available in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. Pichai's team showed off the new functionality of Chrome OS, including a file system that supports documents and a media player for video and music, not to mention integration with Picasa to let users manage their photos on Chrome computers. However, the few dozen or so reporters fortunate enough to attend a special Samsung-Google event later in the evening were treated to some hands-on time with Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. The event was co-hosted by Samsung and Google executives, including Pichai, who has become Google's top evangelist for cloud computing via laptops that lack local storage. This eWEEK slide show provides an early look at the features of this Chrome notebook.
David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics, introduces the Samsung Series 5, which was presented at a Google I/O keynote earlier in the day. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Google in launching what we consider to be an entirely new product category," Steel said. He noted that consumers are spending more time online and credited Google with being the leader recognizing this trend. Chromebooks, Steel said, will help users access applications online.