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Google updates Chrome OS beta

Concentrates on squashing networking bugs
Fri Jan 28 2011, 12:39

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has announced an update to its Chrome OS beta that includes security and stability fixes.

Google's Chrome OS has now reached version and includes the Chrome 8.0.522.344 web browser. In this release, Google has updated the kernel to fix a security vulnerability along with stability fixes for wireless networking and improvements to the audio architecture.

This latest beta release of Chrome seems to focus on fixing network related issues, with the majority of updates related to WiFi or 3G connectivity. These include updates for a network disconnection bug, support for raw WPA-SK security, increased stability when WPA2+ TKIP is used, enabling WiFi connectivity after sleeping and resuming Chrome OS devices and "proper error messages" when 3G connectivity fails.

Google says it is pitching Chrome OS at netbooks, however with just about every computer manufacturer getting behind tablets where Google's own Android 3.0 looks set to make a big splash, it will be interesting to see if Chrome OS can get a foothold in the market.

The devices that tip up at next month's Mobile World Congress should set the tone for Chrome OS. If few arrive running the Chrome OS, then expect Android to take over, with the opportunity for Chrome OS disappearing fast. µ



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