Google launched its Chrome OS platform at a press event in San Francisco today. The product, which should be commercially available in about six months, was first introduced as a concept in July of 2009. The computing interface is entirely web-based and runs atop Linux, and Google promises the platform to be far more efficient and lightweight than is currently available on computers.
In tandem with the new operating system, which will be available on consumer netbooks from Acer and Samsung in mid-2011, Google also launched an application store for web apps, revealed news of a Verizon mobile broadband partnership that will provide access to Chrome OS devices, and gave an update on the progress of the Chrome browser. We’ll have a deeper dive into what this all means shortly, but for now, here are a summary and some brief thoughts on Google’s Chrome presentation.