Google unveiled the first laptops to run Chrome OS, a new subscription-based model for selling the Chromebooks this week. The company also launched Android 3.1 for tablets and made a number of updates to the Android Market. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the news to come out of the Google I/O conference this week, fear not. We’ve got a roundup of the top stories all in one place.

Chromebooks

Chrome OS

  • Google will not offer an installable version of Chrome OS, but won’t prevent users from compiling and distributing their own versions based on the open source Chromium project.
  • Eventually Chrome OS will run on desktop computers and other devices as well. Google teased a Chromebox small form factor desktop from Samsung.
  • Google announced that the Chrome Web App Store (for the operating system and web browsers) now accepts in-app payments, and Rovio has launched an Angry Birds web app for Chrome.

Android

Android Market

Media

  • Google launched a new music service that allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs to the web and stream them to any browser or an Android device. It’s free while in beta, but you need an invite to use the service.
  • You can also use Google Music on an iPhone or iPad through the web browser.
  • Video rentals are now available from the Android Market for $1.99 and up. There are more than 3,000 titles available and you can watch them in a web browser or on a device running Android 3.1. An Android 2.2 app should be available soon.

 

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2 replies on “Here’s what Google announced this week”

  1. Well, let’s see – one streaming movie from Netflix should pretty much use up your 100mb and then some, right?

  2. The subtitle to your post could easily be: “What to tell your broker when you have him sell your shares of Google stock.”

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