Google last week introduced the CR-48 Chrome OS notebook, which uses a browser and no native apps, but the device will never be sold. Instead, the company ordered sample units, reportedly 60,000 of them, and opened a beta program for testers to try the unbranded CR-48. Samsung and Acer are expected to begin selling real Chrome OS computers by mid-2011, which provides Google with ample time to work out kinks in the browser-based CR-48 test machines.
We have our own Chrome OS laptops for testing, but it turns out that Google has a few extras for us. Instead of arming our office with cloud computers, we’re going to give away five Chrome OS devices to our readers! The only caveat is that you must reside in the U.S., because that’s where Google’s beta test for Chrome OS currently takes place. The devices come with 100 MB of free monthly mobile broadband service from Verizon Wireless.
So how do you get a Chrome OS laptop from us instead of waiting for Google to draw your name out of the beta program hat? That’s easy! Just leave a comment about Google’s Chrome OS in this post and we’ll pick five at random. We won’t be judging comments, so “pick me – i luv chrome!” is satisfactory, but we’re curious to hear what you really think about Google’s Chrome OS effort. In other words, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on Google’s vision for future computing.
Oh, and make sure you enter a valid email address in the comment form; we can’t circle back to you if we can’t get in touch with you! We’ll keep the comments open until 6pm PT tomorrow, Dec. 14, and then we’ll randomly pick five CR-48 recipients. Don’t wait because this window of opportunity closes quickly!
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