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Chrome OS to detect orientation

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Jul 2010 0:03 User comments (12)

Chrome OS to detect orientation Google is readying orientation detection for the upcoming Chrome OS, giving the Chrome browser the ability to use accelerometer data to keep track of which way is up.
If you rotate, the interface rotates with you.

Furthermore, upcoming apps and games can use the tweak as a method of control.

There are no current browsers with the capability, although Mozilla has promised a stable version of it for Firefox 4.0. Safari is likely to add it as well, as it is part of WebKit.

Chrome OS, for the most part, still remains a mystery to the general consumer, although Google took time to explain the cloud OS in a series of videos.

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12 user comments

18.7.2010 0:40

I was half expecting it to be sexual orientation.
Title is a bit misleading. :p

28.7.2010 0:44

Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?

38.7.2010 0:49

My problem with pure cloud-based computing is that what happens in those times, however short or rare, that you simply can't access the Internet?

I've had my Internet (Comcast) go down for close to 24 hours a 3-4 months ago and another outing five weeks ago that lasted about six hours. These were not, as far as I know, planned outages for upgrade purposes, etc.

Chrome OS doesn't seem to be targeted at businesses but a pure cloud-based OS probably won't interest those that would like a bit more security to their systems (i.e. businesses) or those that are still on dial-up.

48.7.2010 1:10

Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?
Use your regular netbook :p

58.7.2010 1:31

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?
Use your regular netbook :p
I suppose dual boot would be a must. Might give it a try on my crappy, retired lappy, just out of curiosity, and to be included in the "Chrome OS gains market share" statistics:), even though will probably never use it.

68.7.2010 8:22

Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?
Use your regular netbook :p
I suppose dual boot would be a must. Might give it a try on my crappy, retired lappy, just out of curiosity, and to be included in the "Chrome OS gains market share" statistics:), even though will probably never use it.
There is an even better solution; install a real OS and forget about chrome! When you can't even get reliable internet speeds in New York city, we clearly are not ready for a cloud-only OS. One day the internet might be faster than a hard drive and at least as reliable; it isn't yet.

If you want an OS that will only work when online, and which will work poorly when it is online, then Chrome might be a good solution. If you are just tired of windows or MacOS, then get linux instead.

78.7.2010 15:32

Originally posted by hikaricor:
I was half expecting it to be sexual orientation.
Title is a bit misleading. :p
Ahhh, I was hoping I was going to get to install my Android "Gaydar" app! :D

88.7.2010 16:46

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?
Use your regular netbook :p
I suppose dual boot would be a must. Might give it a try on my crappy, retired lappy, just out of curiosity, and to be included in the "Chrome OS gains market share" statistics:), even though will probably never use it.
There is an even better solution; install a real OS and forget about chrome! When you can't even get reliable internet speeds in New York city, we clearly are not ready for a cloud-only OS. One day the internet might be faster than a hard drive and at least as reliable; it isn't yet.

If you want an OS that will only work when online, and which will work poorly when it is online, then Chrome might be a good solution. If you are just tired of windows or MacOS, then get linux instead.

That's a fact

I just switched to Win7 Enterprise a couple of days ago...couldn't be happier.

98.7.2010 18:02

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
Cloud OS...and what happens if you want to use your computer without having internet access?
Use your regular netbook :p
I suppose dual boot would be a must. Might give it a try on my crappy, retired lappy, just out of curiosity, and to be included in the "Chrome OS gains market share" statistics:), even though will probably never use it.
There is an even better solution; install a real OS and forget about chrome! When you can't even get reliable internet speeds in New York city, we clearly are not ready for a cloud-only OS. One day the internet might be faster than a hard drive and at least as reliable; it isn't yet.

If you want an OS that will only work when online, and which will work poorly when it is online, then Chrome might be a good solution. If you are just tired of windows or MacOS, then get linux instead.
You are literally the most pessimistic poster I have ever seen. I click on almost every news article just to see what your negative response has been. It's hilarious. Keep up the good work killerbug.

109.7.2010 15:18

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Originally posted by hikaricor:
I was half expecting it to be sexual orientation.
Title is a bit misleading. :p
Ahhh, I was hoping I was going to get to install my Android "Gaydar" app! :D
ROFL

Jeez andmill11, way to hurt KB's feelings.... not. lol

119.7.2010 16:41

I was congratulating him

1217.7.2010 4:55

How are people missing the demographic that Google is aiming for? They're not aiming towards the IT guys at Boeing who need to keep their servers secured, or the hardcore CAD users, etc etc.

They're aiming at the general public that can do without saving their stuff locally. The people that go onto the computer and chat, socialize, listen to music, watch clips on YouTube, write documents, etc. ALL of these things can be done at RIDICULOUSLY fast speeds in cloud-computing software. Why bother waiting all that unnecessary time for your OS to boot if you, for what you're doing, YOU DON'T NEED IT TO?

I, personally, am going to use a litle of both. When they come out the with netbook (since I'm a big Google fanboy), I'm going to get one right away- but I'll always keep my two desktops and laptop, as well. The netbook for when I want to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart- the laptop for when I want to hack the RTMPe stream and save the stream locally to my HDD. ;)



Cheers,


-adamryan

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