By Ben Parr / Mashable.com
Google has announced that the first Chrome OS devices will make their debut in mid 2011.
Originally, the search giant wanted to launch the OS by the end of 2010. However, the company revealed during its press conference earlier today that Chrome OS is not yet ready for primetime. There are still bugs that plague the system and some of its key features, including Google Cloud Print, are not yet stable.
Thus, the first Chrome OS netbooks will go on sale during mid-2011. Acer and Samsung are Google’s first OEM partners for the launch of Chrome OS. The devices will be powered by Intel chips.
The browser-based operating system boasts a suite of unique features, including:
* Cloud-based printing via Google Cloud Print
* Short startup/boot time (it takes less than 60 seconds to launch Chrome OS for the very first time)
* Profile sharing: A Chrome OS computer can be shared with others and accessed on other Chrome OS devices via guest profiles.
* 3G access: All Chrome devices ship with 3G built-in. The 3G is powered by Verizon. There are no contracts or activation fees for Chrome OS.
* More security: Chrome OS utilizes OS-level sandboxing and data encryption to keep the device secure. It also has the ability to detect malicious code and purge itself of the bad code.