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Making comparisons is always difficult, especially when one tries to compare apples-to-apples something complex like and operating system. But here goes anyway.
Ladies and gentlemen, on the left corner, please welcome one of the most anticipated operating systems, the 10 second-to-launch, fully browser operated Google Chrome OS! On the right corner, ladies and gentlemen, the outsider no one knew before its release except true geeks , the prince who wants to be king before the king has the crown, the black-wallpapered and not-that-clouded Jolicloud!
Everyone should have noticed: we’re dealing with a very much alpha preview version of Chrome OS and a fully functional one in Jolicloud. Unfair to compare? Not really, since I have also alpha tested Jolicloud. I promise, I’ll try to keep that in mind during the comparison.
Yesterday’s launch of the new YouTube Mobile site (just go to m.youtube.com) further reiterates something that has been in my thoughts ever since the explosive growth in mobile apps started. This has really led to another way for large technology companies to wall off their users, much like Microsoft has done over the years. Even though it’s great that you can have a mobile application for virtually anything that you want in your pocket, there are some inherent limitations to these native applications.
TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid makes a good point in his look at YouTube Mobile that the video quality is fantastic – better, he says than the native application that came with Apple’s iOS for the iPhone and iPad. That may have something to do with the fact that the webapp is built in HTML5 and optimized for the current wireless networks that devices use.
“Video on the HTML5 app looked much better, and was snappier to boot”, remarks Kincaid in his write-up.
All the more proof that giving browsers the ability to use the web as a platform to utilize applications is the future of computing, whether it be via a smartphone or a laptop. The idea of Chrome OS or other web operating system simply doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
One of the reasons that web applications have a clear benefit over native ones is interoperability. On the web, diverse applications are able to access and communicate data between one another in order to provide a seamless ecosystem. Think about Twitter, where users allow web applications such as HootSuite access to their accounts to better understand the underlying data. Or, as Kincaid remarks, the simplistic convenience of auto-fill in the YouTube Mobile app.
But what’s wrong with the way things are done now? We’ve seen both Apple and Google take take direct control of users’ devices. Even Amazon has removed books from its Kindle e-reader, citing copyright problems with a publisher. With the new browser technologies like HTML5, a third party cannot take away something that is on the web; and no developer or group of developers is dependent on an outside partner for its applications.
Sure, there are motives behind the decisions above in the face of security and potential lawsuits. Possible hurdles abound with what could happen in a world where applications are easily installed with one click. But Microsoft led a tech space for years that allowed people to put whatever they want on their computers, and despite their flagging performance, they’ve been around for over thirty years.
Looking to better manage its stockpile of cash, Google is getting Wall Street involved in its newly opened trading operations.
Desktop notifications are now available in Chrome extensions, allowing developers to update users of pending information.
GigOm’s Om Malik thinks that the success of Android means Chrome OS’s future may be in question.
You can now “reshare” in Google Buzz, which sounds and acts similar to retweeting in Twitter to pass along information.
The Google Code Blog has announced that Gmail will now support OAuth for both the IMAP and SMTP mail protocols. This will allow developers to utilize a user’s Gmail data to create what will be some interesting applications that will extend mail functionality. A good comparison to this announcement would be Twitter, where there are a wide variety of different applications that once a user allows access to their account can extend functionality. A popular example would be TweetDeck, which allows you to organize your social media into one place and even allows Tweets from your iPhone.
So what is OAuth? It is an open source authentication standard that happens to already work with most Google application programming interfaces. Because Google is now allow OAuth support for IMAP and SMTP, information that can be culled from a user’s mailbox can now be integrated. OAuth is the web intermediary that allows secure access because extension applications will not have your secure information such as username and password.
The Google Code Blog points to an iPhone app called SmartPush, which has advanced filtering options so that you can be notified when important emails arrive.
And programs that integrate with Gmail accounts such as Gmail Drive, which allows users to store their files in their mailbox with an external program, could potentially be allow to use the program without having to log in every time one wants to use the program. Read Write Web is also reporting that Backupify, which is a service that stores cloud data, will also add support for OAuth in Gmail.
I think this is a great idea. Think of all the external apps that Twitter has such as Twitterfeed, Twitpic, and Twitterholic. Any developer can come up with a great idea and unleash it with the social media power of Twitter, and I believe that with Google rolling this out for Gmail and eventually other services, we’ll see some great ideas come to fruition.
Last week it was announced that Facebook had overtaken Google Search as the most heavily trafficked site on the web. While this does not include Google’s other offerings – only Search – it still means that Facebook is going to be a major competitor against Google in the future. I would expect the companies to be competing on several different fronts and along with Microsoft’s push of Bing with no abandon for how much they spend on marketing Google is beginning to enter a phase where they can expect rivals on all fronts.
Something that many people may not realize is how much every user Google gets to their site that they covet because of how much every single visitor is worth:
Google: $18.44 per unique
So although Facebook has surpassed Google Search, it isn’t exactly a day of reckoning. Google’s revenue in terms of traffic to its sites far outweighs any other web property and Facebook isn’t even close. This is because Facebook doesn’t really have a solid revenue model yet, plus the fact that their users are not interested in creepy ads that take personal data from profiles. Actually, if you think about it, social media on this graph is not doing very well in terms of revenue per user.
Sure, Twitter has yet to really monetize their site, citing that they want to focus on their core business first. But what is their core business? Whatever it is it should probably include making some money. AOL is doing surprisingly well here, because somehow their long standing subscription model that still seems to work, while Microsoft and Yahoo continues to push their portals as media hubs which seem to be doing them well.
And Google? Well, let’s not be surprised here why they want to push Android, Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The more that they do that, the more this number will go up. The resulting gap between them and their competitors will continue to widen, but that’s with the consideration that social media can’t find a way to fight back and find innovative ways to make money on their sites – all while trying not to fall apart like MySpace.
Since the first release of the Chromium Project’s source code to the public back in November, a UK student who goes by the name Hexxeh has been steadily releasing custom builds. Unlike the Chromium code updates that are regularly put out by Google, this is a better packaged version for public consumption. The builds are small enough to pop onto a USB drive, boot up on whatever computing device that is laying around, and is quick to start up and utilize. It’s been the best early look users have had to see what Chrome OS will be able to do once it reaches a commercial stage later this year.
Recently, Hexxeh has been posting some hints that his newest version, Chrome OS Flow, could be the best release yet for mainstream purposes. The focus on this time, now that a lot of hardware has been tested and is supported in his builds, is to focus on the application side of the operating system. And that’s not a bad idea since many wonder if Chrome OS will be able to function as a regular personal computing replacement, or just another gadget that is stacked up for our personal information disposal.
A new way of constructing the builds, which Hexxeh has dubbed ReFlow, will also be introduced. This will allow for more time to be spent on actually testing and updating Flow as opposed to using up a lot of time creating the build itself.
Expect Flow to require a 2 GB USB Stick, have auto-update for patches and updates as well as is expected to be released on February 12.
Some other new features include user interface changes in addition to the aforementioned applications menus that are customizable and fixes for issues that plagued last release (Chrome OS Zero) for sound, Flash and Bookmark Sync. Also, if you have an application that you want to have included in the Flow directory, you can find more about submitting it to Hexxeh right here.
Update: Apparently there has been problems for Hexxeh getting Flow released, as the Chromium project has changed some features. We’ll be posting when Flow comes out.
As if comments on a post were not good enough, the reality is that Twitter is also an enormously important aspect of social media. With the Twitter Reactions Extension, you can see what people are opining about on a particular website – drilled down to a specific page. I could write a lot of words about this, but it is proabaly best if I just post a video on the topic:
Now, I could harp on the values of Twitter, and some wonder how they will ever be able to make money as business, but they are not going away. With extensions like Chromed Bird and now this, expect to see more utilizations of Twitter on the horizon for both Chrome browser, and eventually Chrome OS.
For those who have been overseas, you know that Asian countries thrive on SMS text messages. Believe it or not, 140 characters go a long way, and the advertising revenue can be significant. I would expect to see more developments in this spectre very soon. Twitter, in my esteemed opinion (and that’s not saying much) has a viable business.
So much so that they use Amazon’s Web Services to deal with the constant flow of traffic. Don’t think so? Look in the bottom of your browser the next time you’re checking out Tweets.
Anyone ever get afflicted by tab-madness? This is a problem for those who work strictly in their browser and start off checking email, looking at Twitter updates and before you know it you have 30 tabs open. Here is a typical shot of the top of my browser and the number of tabs I have open:
Now, if you’re using Chrome, that means each tab is running as its own process and is hogging all the resources on your machine. All of a sudden when you go to watch a video or stream some music your PC just cannot handle it. Wonder why? Probably because you have tab-madness.
But this problem can be cured, and there is a cool Chrome extension called TabJump that can offer you help. TabJump sits in the navigation bar as as the green arrow shown here:
When you click on it, a drop down menu appears that organizes your tabs based on whether they have been frequently used, are closely related by topic or even if a tabs has been recently closed and you don’t want to have to go back into your history and try to find it. I don’t know how many times I have closed a tab because of tab-madness only to realize that I should have pinned it/not closed it.
So, pull yourself together and get your tabs in order with TabJump. It’s better than wasting your time going through every single tab looking for that little nugget of information, or having to go back through your history in the past day just to find that new site you just closed and forgot the name of.
In a ten page report that was released Tuesday, McAfee outlined its predictions for computer security trends in 2010. Along with Twitter as well as Adobe’s Flash and Reader programs, McAfee is reporting that Chrome OS is going to be one of the top computer security issues that will have vulnerabilities in 2010.
In their 2010 Threat Predictions Report McAfee states, “HTML 5 will blur the line between desktop and online applications. This, along with the release of Google Chrome OS, will create another opportunity for malware writers to prey on users. ”
Google Wave is also singled out in the report, warning that the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is vulnerable to attacks.
We’ve previously written about HTML-5, and it’s going to be a pretty impressive advancement in terms of web technology and how the browser will be able to interpret code. However, it’s hard to say whether Chrome OS alone will be the single weak point in the emergence of HTML 5. Since there has been a lot of news about Chromium as of late, identifying it as a threat now keeps developers, network administrators and security professionals on their toes about potential attacks that could occur.
This is new territory for Google, as in the near future their hardware/software products are now going to be integrated into the computer infrastructure that we users interact every day with, and that is an appealing target for hackers.
The report does offer a positive outlook on the ability of law enforcement to stop cybercrime.