Where has Google shipped their Chrome notebooks?

Earlier this month, Google started giving away thousands of their “CR-48″ test notebooks loaded with an early version of Chrome OS, their lightweight operating system that will officially debut next summer.
The netbook can’t yet handle the Google Earth plugin, so we’ll have to look at that in the future if/when it becomes available. However, when free laptops are being sent out it tends to gain a lot of attention, and thousands of people have been keeping a close eye on this unofficial CR-48 tracker created by “A. Gamer” to see when some might be coming to their zip code. I’ve personally been referencing the tracker quite a bit to check on potential shipments for friends and family.
A Google Earth user named Jesse Belcher then worked with the folks behind the CR-48 tracker to visualize all of the laptop shipments in Google Earth and the result is pretty cool:

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You can view that data on his website using the Google Earth Plug-in, or download one of his KMZ files to view it in Google Earth.
The notebook has a few major shortcomings (the lack of the Google Earth Plugin being one of them), but it’s really a fairly impressive device. I wrote up some early thoughts about it on my personal blog a few weeks ago if you want to see more about what I think of it.
They’re still accepting applications and giving away more of the laptops, so sign up here to apply for one if you haven’t already.
For those of you that were lucky enough to receive one already, what do you think of it? Do you think Chrome OS will be a viable alternative in the future?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Not being able to view Google Earth on my ChromeBook, I must say was my biggest disappointment with the Chrome OS.
    Besides that, it’s all good, and the Chrome OS is just awesome.
    I figured the weak side would be app availability, but that should improve with time.
    I’m hopeful Google Earth and Google SketchUp, the primary tools in my business, will both be available soon, and then I will be completely in the cloud.

  2. I love my CR-48. It’s so fast and easy that I find myself wanting to spend more time online without worries. I grab it, flip the screen up and I’m online. If starting from the OFF position it takes about 20 to 30 seconds to be online (depending if you type your password really fast). My Windows 7 Toshiba couldn’t do that when it was brand spanking new and now that it’s a year old you can forget about being online for about 3 to 5 minutes. Top that off with errors and warnings and it was enough to make me want to scream. Microsoft lost me as a user years ago. I have always looked towards the horizon for a replacement to Windows and it’s finally here. Chrome OS is everything Google says it is, and I can see it getting better once people embrace it. Thanks to all the techies at Google for a great user experience. You guys really know what people want from the internet. ;)

  3. I got one a couple Thursdays ago and I absolutely love it! It’s amazing having a laptop I only have to charge at night (at least with my current usage, I usually get to about 5-10% battery life remaining). The trackpad isn’t *that* bad /if you turn it to high sensitivity/. Oh and I never used caps lock anyway; on all my other keyboards I had it remapped to backspace anyway. I switched it with CTRL on the Cr-48 though since I use that more frequently than new tab. Oh, and this thing is ridiculously fast to reboot and resumes before I have the screen open enough to see it it’s awesome. THANK YOU GOOGLE!!!

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