Chrome OS’s File Manager Will Finally Be Usable

When I was stuck in Las Vegas, Nevada without my trusty Windows laptop (my display went out), the only feasible alternative after blowing all of my money at the casino tables was the CR-48 Chrome Notebook that Rob happened to bring along. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do any heavy-lifting with this thing like uploading video, but I thought I’d be able to get by if I didn’t need to edit anything.

A lack of photoshop and Sony Vegas didn’t bother me as long as I shot video or shot a photo at the perfect angle. The first time I went to upload these images and video, though, I was shattered – I couldn’t. I couldn’t navigate to my SD card when using YouTube’s uploader or WordPress’ image uploader. I had no way to access any files on my external storage devices. At that point, I denounced the thing quite useless even for light use.

I shared my thoughts that week during a CES keynote with a Googler. I told her the truth – Chrome OS stunk. I loved the idea and I know it’s not meant to be a full-blown computer, but leaving no way for users to access their personal content was probably the biggest oversight Google has ever made.

That’s why I was very pleased with the announcements Google made at their I/O keynote this morning – a very capable file manager for which to handle all of your multimedia and documents. You can view images, video, music and documents. Move them, edit them, upload them, play them and – most importantly – enjoy them.

Speaking with other Chrome OS users, this was definitely the most disappointing area of the experience for many of us when the CR-48 first shipped. And after speaking with a few Chrome OS users after today’s announcements, we’re just about ready to give it another spin. (Which we’ll do once we receive our free ChromeBook.) Exciting times ahead, folks.



  • Chrome OS has had a file manager, media playback, and external storage support available for months now in the Development channel. This looks like a cleaned up version of what is already in Dev.

    Sounds like the CR-48 in question was still running the stable build of Chrome OS, which is far behind in features.

    Kind of an odd oversight for a Chromebook website…

  • Jakethegringo

    @MS3FGX is cutting deep, but i’m going to have to agree. It HAS been around for months now. Even on the Stable build there has been ways to upload on youtube… etc. Keep up the good work, but make sure and do some homework. 😉