Is this Sony laptop the Daisy Chromebook

first_imgIn a move that is sure to cause increased platform confusion but ultimately be better for everyone, Google has added ARM support to Chrome OS.In a recent FCC filing, Sony revealed their intent to release a VAIO-branded laptop running Chrome OS. The laptop will join Samsung and Acer’s attempts in the Chrome OS space, but with one critical difference: the Sony Chromebook will sport an Arm Cortex A9 processor, instead of the Intel Atom processor we’ve seen from other OEMs. Now, as the lines blur even further between Chrome OS and Android with Chrome, where does a laptop like this fit in?According to the filing, the new Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, an HDMI output, and SD card slot. Basically, all the trimmings you’d expect from a Chromebook, plus Bluetooth. The other way to look at it, is that this has everything an 11.6-inch tablet with a keyboard dock would have, minus the functionality of the Android OS.To add to the confusion, the FCC filing doesn’t give a terribly specific description of the processor, on that it is a “T25” which could be a Nvidia Tegra 250 T25. Will we also see a Chrome OS “Tegra Zone” with games optimized for this particular Chromebook?This filing comes in right behind some news that popped up in the Chrome OS world as Thomas Taschauer discovered a reference to a new device type in the Chromium OS issue tracker. The mentions of the product, which had been codenamed “Daisy”, referenced a device sporting an ARM processor onboard. The bug report mentions that there is no config file for that device, and that the person filing the report uses the SMDK 5250 config file. Now, the SMDK 5250 is actually a Samsung Exynos processor, which is also a Cortex A9 chip. There’s no confirmation that “Daisy” is this Sony VAIO Chromebook, but if it isn’t then there appears to be more than one ARM-based Chrome OS device on the way.It would make the most sense to assume that we’ll see something like this Sony VAIO Chromebook announced at Google I/O, alongside the UI refresh that is currently being tested. The current iteration of the Chrome OS UI forces the browser into a full screen experience all the time, where the web page is all there is to the OS. The latest update, with the Aura window manager, will allow for various page sizes and a more layered windows experience, similar to OS’ everyone is more familiar with. If this Chrome OS reboot is to go down at I/O this year, the biggest question about the life of the platform still remains: how will this experience be different or better than Chrome for Android?In case you need a refresher course, the biggest selling point to a Chromebook is the total lack of effort needed to maintain them. Chrome is famous for being able to perform most updates in the background, and with no need for regular maintenance items like antivirus or disk maintenance, the OS has the ability to offer many less technical people a way to experience using the internet without frustration. Unfortunately, this selling point hasn’t been enough to see them flying off the shelves, due mostly to a lack of in-store appearances and the lack of education at the point of sale. The best case for adoption that has been seen so far are places like Virgin Air, who offer a Chromebook experience and free WiFi during certain flights. At that point the user has time to spend with the device and walk away with an understanding of how it is different.via Ars and Liliputinglast_img