LG getting ready to launch its first Chrome OS devices

by: Andrew GrushOctober 21, 2013

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When the first Android handset arrived to the market, it was seen by many as a less-than-worthy alternative to devices running on more established mobile operating systems including Blackberry’s OS and Apple’s iOS. This didn’t stop Google from quickly climbing to the top and switching things up in the mobile world for good. Now the same thing may be (much more slowly) happening in the desktop world as well.

As Microsoft continues to stumble with Windows 8 and its recent Windows 8.1 RT troubles, both Android and Chrome OS are slowly stepping into a world that was once reserved almost exclusively for Microsoft Windows.

When it comes to Android, we’ve seen several PC-like devices like the Lenovo A10 laptop, the HP Slate 21 AIO and the Acer DA241HL. As for Chrome OS, we have plenty of Chromebooks (and Chromeboxes) from vendors including Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Asus and HP. Now looks like LG might be jumping into the Chrome OS game as well.

Android and Chrome OS are slowly stepping into a world that was once reserved almost exclusively for Microsoft Windows.

Although LG has yet to officially confirm its plans, LG recently filed three trademarks that are obviously meant for Chrome OS-powered devices: ChromeOne, ChromeDesk and ChromeStation. Beyond the names, we know next to nothing about LG’s Chrome OS plans.

We can’t say we are too terribly surprised to hear about LG readying its first Chrome OS product(s), though.

First, a deal has existed since January 2012 with Microsoft that will allow LG to use certain MS patents for devices running Chrome OS and Android. Second, as the traditional desktop market continues to shrink, many companies are looking for alternative ways to spark renewed interest in the PC market.

Of course Chrome OS’ marketshare is still quite puny when compared with Mac OS and Windows, but the same could once be said about Android.

As Chrome OS continues to evolve and the world continues to become ever more reliant on web-based apps, Google’s cloud-centric OS could see substantial growth in the years to come. That said, Microsoft is still very much the main player in the PC world, and that won’t change overnight.

Would you buy an LG Chrome device? In general how do you feel about Chrome OS, interested in such a devices or not?

  • MasterMuffin

    I didn’t even know that LG made computers! Chrome Os needs some kind of a virtual machine to come with it so that we can use all the necessary software that just isn’t for Chrome Os and most likely won’t ever be, then I’ll buy a machine with Chrome Os. Maybe :)

    • GasparIPerez

      Yes, LG makes computers and they’re pretty decent. I bought an LG laptop 7 years ago, LG E510, and it still works good enough, only problem is a “dead battery” so charger must be plugged in all the time. Gave it to my mother now that I don’t use it. And of course it’s now running Lubuntu, cuz you know, Windows is just too heavy…

      • GasparIPerez

        Back to topic tho, I didn’t know Chrome OS was THAT succesful, it seems like everyone is making Chromebooks…

        • MasterMuffin

          It’s not THAT successful, everyone just wants to try it to see if it’s the next big thing that will help PC manufacturers get more sales again

          • adam evans

            I think it will be the next big thing, for the mass market , and windows or more likely Mac will be left for the power users

          • MasterMuffin

            Or Linux

          • adam evans

            I don’t see that ever happening , unless some big names put some big money into a project to make it simple and attract developers……. Which is kind of what Google is doing

          • MasterMuffin

            I was just continuing your comment, saying that Linux will be left for power users

          • adam evans

            Oooo yes in that case maybe. I though you meant Linux for a normal person

          • Nick V

            I am betting on Mark Shuttleworth to put Linux in the forefront, where others have failed. He has made Ubuntu into a system that actually is very usable, and I can see Ubuntu being more receptive once XMir is enable, and Mark can finally get Ubuntu to where he has been trying to get it this entire time.

            I have used Ubuntu/Kubuntu from it’s earliest days, and I am amazed at the thought that has been put into this system, as it is not the same OS I installed all those years ago.

      • MasterMuffin

        Your mother uses Linux? What is this wizardry!?

        • GasparIPerez

          Haha yee they have “old” single core 1 gb ram computers so not even windows xp will run good, so I put Linux on them. Lubuntu makes them usable at least. They don’t really care about the OS, as long as it works!

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh okay, I thought your mom is a geek :D

  • adam evans

    Chrome books are brilliant. I was sceptical and didn’t want to buy one, but then I won a Samsung chrome book and now my laptop is dead!!! The simplicity is refreshing, no settings, no fuss, its fast, and everything just works its brilliant !!! Perfect for mums ( I will never be asked anything again if they all have these )

    It is suitable for most things but I still need my windows desktop for heavy lifting like CAD and photo shop, but for 90% of the time , perfect !!!!

    I think people just need to use them for a week because its a very different computing style