With a simple, small computer is now the future of computing will be heralded. The Samsung Netbook Series 5 itself, which is now available in Germany, plays only a minor role. The concept behind this is crucial: there is no hard disk, everything goes through the browser, all applications and services to get users from the Web. With Google's Chrome OS real cloud computing is possible, it offers completely new possibilities - and limitations, as a first test of the Samsung computer shows.
German developers have worked on such an important project for Google Chrome decisive: "Responsible, our Munich Chrome developer, currently in particular for the development of data protection features," says Wieland Holfelder, head of Google's development office in Munich.
And computer system and are fast. Chrome Samsung's Book, a word created from Chrome and Netbook works, with a brisk, but only 16 gigabytes of flash memory. Much space as they offer today's netbooks with its 100 or 250 gigabyte hard drives, there is not so. The computer costs in the wireless version, in which an Internet connection is established via a local wireless network, just under 400 €. Who wants to be connected in addition to the cellular network must pay € 100 more. In a few weeks, Acer will offer a Chrome Book, which will probably be slightly cheaper.
The Samsung model tinkers a bit Linux, but the software basically consists of Chrome. Run more than this browser can not the computer. He offers only a weak Media Player and a cumbersome file manager. Accordingly, the work is unfamiliar with Chrome Book: There is no desktop background, and there can be no programs, such as Skype install. To edit video or run graphically rich 3-D games, the computer is already too weak. But he was in the test within nine seconds after use. For Windows machines, this can take many seconds or minutes.
Though no programs are installed and everything is available online only, can Chromebook users access the most important functions: email, surf, chat or write text and edit images. These users need apps that you can download from the Web Store on Google or other sites on the Internet. One example is Google Docs: How to Excel, and PowerPoint can be created with this online version spreadsheets and presentations. Stored the files on Google servers - no longer on the hard drive of your computer.
With standard Windows or Mac computers, the software is for most applications on the computer itself must Books In contrast, the Chrome user to gather together the applications only. The method is not always practical. As a simple example of a printer is not directly controlled from the Book of Chrome. Are therefore more suited Books Chrome for users who do everything in power anyway, as soon as possible want to go on the internet and mobile. Samsung's new model plays with as well: The battery was tested with a load of nine hours a day through.
It makes sense to use Chrome to make books only when the user logged on to Google and is always online - via a wireless-enabled Internet connection. A connection for wired Internet is not provided. Take off during a train ride around the compound, the data stored in computer memory can be immediately synchronized with those in the data cloud. The continuous online connection has care benefits for most updates, for example, the user no longer has. Every six weeks, the system is brought up to date, there are some minor updates more often. Also, a virus protection is unnecessary, the technicians take over the central server.
Users from anywhere with an Internet connection to access their data. Since the data is stored on Google's servers, must be stolen or damaged hard disk will not lead to the loss of all holiday photos or digital music collection. Chromebook users should keep their access but safely, otherwise criminals could easily access their private information. Can replace a real laptop and not the Chrome Book. It is rather a secondary device, which can take you on trips.
Google Chrome coincides with the promising areas of cloud computing from, mobile web browsing and internet-app, but for now relies on netbooks - and whose future seems to be not particularly rosy. According to a recently published study by market researchers IDC manufacturers will sell this year, three times more tablets than in 2010. Netbooks play a marginal role. Last year, only eight percent wanted to establish the respondents such a small computer, now there were only six percent. "Netbooks are almost dead," warns the author of the study.