Google’s networked operating system Chrome OS is set to become more usable offline under a range of improvements to be introduced over coming weeks.
The search giant has revealed plans to introduce an offline mode for Google Docs on the operating system, allowing users to fully edit synced documents while disconnected.
The operating system would automatically sync and resolve version conflicts when it detects an internet connection.
Linus Upson, Google’s vice-president of engineering, termed the offline capabilities as “very important” and “a key addition” for the operating system.
It comes as a significant departure from Google's initial vision for Chrome OS, which had aimed to be always connected through local networks or a mobile broadband link for use.
Earlier this week, Google and Samsung unveiled new Chromebook and Chromebox computers.
The Series 5 550 Chromebook has an Intel CPU, 16GB of flash memory but no hard drive. It features a 12.1-inch screen and can display high-definition video.
It is expected to retail for US$449 for a wi-fi-only version, and US$549 for one that supports a 3G connection.
The Samsung-Google Chromebox is a small device that can be connected to a monitor, to work as a desktop computer. It will retail for US$329.