How Bandwidth is Used
A handful of phrases should have caught your eye in the previous section:
- web browser
- the cloud
- device side processing
- stored remotely
These all indicate the strength and weakness of Chrome OS: its reliance on having an Internet connection for your device. However we should also be aware of issues at the server side, where multiple cloud users can have a detrimental effect on the server's own data processing bandwidth.
Using a cloud-centric operating system brings with it a whole new way of computing – as well as a completely new approach to data and processing.
Chrome OS delivers a new user paradigm, but it also requires a different kind of responsibility. For instance, when you access your Gmail account in Chrome OS, you are using your Internet connection to send and receive information.
Browsing the web, using Google Docs or accessing a service like Picasa or Facebook to upload photos all need your Internet connection, and there is little that you can do when running Chrome that doesn’t require wireless or mobile Internet access.
If you have access to a Wi-Fi network then this probably won’t be a problem, but should your Internet come to your Chrome OS computer via 3G or 4G, then you could quickly chalk up some high bills based on data and bandwidth overuse. Simply multi-tasking a couple of different apps on Chrome OS could prove expensive.