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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-13-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know how the chomebook updates will work? Will it be like Android where at some point it will not be updated anymore or will it continue for a long time?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-13-2011, 09:07 PM
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I am pretty sure that it will always update, from now until eternity. I mean Chrome OS is a real PC OS. Just like Windows still updates, I see no reason that the Chromebook would stop.
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Does anyone know how the chomebook updates will work? Will it be like Android where at some point it will not be updated anymore or will it continue for a long time?
I think the question is whether a current model Chromebook will stop being updated the way older Android phones stop getting the most recent versions of Android? If so then so far Google is saying no, it will be different in that ChromeOS will always be updated, and won't hit hardware limitations that would cause you to have to get a new Chromebook to be updated.

That said, even el Goog can't have enough foresight to know that for sure.



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Modder is spot on. I guess that Firefox and Chrome can be installed on some pretty old computers so the need for the latest hardware is not a big concern - unlike the rapidly moving smartphone market.

While that isn't any guarantee of what the future holds, for me it is enough to make a CB a worthy investment. I figure it is good for at least 3 years, and the fact that cr48s are being upgraded to the latest versions is a really encouraging sign as they have half the CPU of the current machines.
Even smartphone development has slowed to the point that there isn't really anything on the market to tempt me from my >12 months old HTC desire.

The new HTML 5 standard is just about to cause a revolution on the web. We've already seen a few sites start to use it, but it will be a few years before it really takes hold. I work in this industry and can see the benefits it brings, and am very excited by it. As the chrome browser and chromeos support this standard today, I'm fairly happy that right now they are as futureproof as it gets.

The thing that is more likely to change is the way you connect - wifi and 3G will be replaced with 4G, wimax, and the new 'white space' stuff. This shouldn't make a huge difference to a CB providing you can get a smartphone a wifi hotspot app.
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I figure I murder a computer once every two years due to heavy usage. So it is enough for me as well. I am confident that everything will go fine for at least that long.
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