Google appears to have made the decision to completely abandon the market and change the name of its desktop OS to ChromeOS.
Update: Google has moved forward with the branding, and pre-release versions of Chrome OS now reflect the change.
Google and its affiliate firms have been providing laptops with an operating system built around the Google Chrome browser for more than ten years. Unsurprisingly, these gadgets were called Chromebooks. The operating system that powers them is now known as Chrome OS, though in certain places you may see it stylized as chromeOS (with a lowercase c).
Naturally, this has caused some mild misunderstanding, or at the very least, inconsistency, within the Chrome OS community, with some users including the space and others not. According to a recently uploaded code change , it appears that Google has now made up its mind to take a different stance in this discussion. Although it’s still a work-in-progress, Google switches about 1,000 instances of Chrome OS from text that Chromebook owners can read to internal comments that only developers can see for ChromeOS.
The provided description states that the goal of these branding modifications is to harmonize the name across all platforms. Although it is unknown how long it will take for Google’s many documents and official websites to fully move over to the new moniker, at the very least, this could bring some much-needed consistency. The entirely open source Chromebook software will also undergo a change at the same time, deleting the space and changing its name from Chromium OS to ChromiumOS.
The wholesale rebranding of Chrome OS to ChromeOS is probably not going to happen until version 102, which is scheduled to release in late May, given the timing of the code change.
Update 4/29: Google has made work on its ChromeOS redesign over the past few weeks, including breaking the changes into a few smaller chunks that have subsequently been approved ( 1 , 2 , 3 , and 4 ). Google occasionally refers to the rebranding initiative as Chrome No Space OS or chromenospaceos, which is a little ironic.
The rebrand is also seen in action on current releases of ChromeOS Canary, with ChromeOS replacing the previous Chrome OS instances. The newest Canary version is based on version 103, so by the end of June, all Chromebooks should have Google’s unified ChromeOS logo.
What do you think about this significant but relatively small rebranding for Chromebooks? Which version of ChromeOS do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section.
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